Lincoln Heritage Museum closes temporarily to move to new location
August 28, 2013, Lincoln, Ill. – The Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College will be closed from September 1 until April 2014 as the museum prepares to move across campus to its new home in the Lincoln Center.
The closure of a museum prior to a move and re-opening is not unusual, said museum director Ron Keller. “This is a critical stage. During this time period we will be moving our museum pieces, and final fabrication of all the museum elements takes place.”
In 2011, the College contracted with Taylor Studios in Rantoul, Ill., to design the new Abraham Lincoln-themed museum. The new location will feature more exhibit space; conservation-friendly displays, archives and storage; and an interactive experience which Taylor Studios describes as a unique “life-review” of Abraham Lincoln’s life.
For Lincoln fans who don’t want to wait till spring, an exclusive walk-through of the new museum space is being offered to everyone attending the Grand Soirée, the Lincoln Heritage Museum’s annual fundraiser, on Saturday, September 28. While some advanced museum features, including the audio and video components, will not yet be installed, the walk-through will provide a good preview of what’s coming next year. For more information about the Grand Soirée and museum walk-through, or to make reservations, call the Lincoln Heritage Museum at (217) 732-3155 ext. 295.
“We apologize for any inconvenience the temporary closure of the museum might cause,” said Keller. “However, once the museum reopens in April, people will be amazed at the difference. This facility will be a highlight of our community and an impressive, immersive museum which will bring visitors back again and again.”