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Geneva History Museum will temporarily close

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The Geneva History Museum announced it will temporarily close its doors starting April 16 to undergo significant renovations. The project, managed by Chrisanntha Construction, aims to enhance accessibility and improve facilities, including a new front entrance, an elevator, HVAC system, and ADA-compliant bathrooms. The museum, located in the nearly 200-year-old Prouty-Chew House, is set to reopen in fall 2024.

Kerry Lippincott, Executive Director of Historic Geneva, highlighted the renovation’s goals to make the museum fully accessible and improve the visitor experience. “Making the Geneva History Museum accessible to all is essential,” Lippincott stated. The upgrades will also address health and safety concerns and provide better environmental conditions for the museum’s collections.

Despite the temporary closure, Historic Geneva plans to continue engaging with the community through various programs and events. “The museum may be closed, but we will still find ways to tell Geneva’s stories,” Lippincott said, pointing out alternative venues for programs and virtual access to Geneva’s history through their website and social media. The renovation is supported by a bequest from the late Robert “Jim” Brennan, ensuring a stronger future for the museum and its role in the community.