With scenes like these, it may seem impossible for a non-for profit museum to bounce back, but a little water isn’t stopping this group.
Since closing on January 8, the museum has undergone an extensive cleanup, testing, and a complete rebuild of their exhibits. Hard work, but also a chance
to revamp and revitalize.
“I think the important thing is, this is a chance for us to stop and there’s some things that we wanted to redo and do differently and this is a chance to do that,” said Sarah Orleans, President and CEO of the DuPage Children’s Museum.
With support from the community, the museum was able to open a temporary location at the Fox Valley Mall, which has allowed them to continue to stay on their feet and put them back on track to be “stronger and better than ever before.”
“Our contributions are not just helping operations day-to-day but larger than that building new exhibits and serving a more diverse audience,” said Orleans.
Orleans predicts the museum will re-open its permanent location on Washington Street in the summer, probably by the end of July.
But until then, you can help the museum get back on their feet by flooding them with support through the MacArthur Foundation.
“They gave us a $50 thousand challenge grant of which we’ve raised $10 thousand to match it, and we have until April 15 to be able to hit the goal of $50 thousand, creating another $100 thousand for the flood relief,” said Orleans.
Even if they don’t hit the $100 thousand mark, Orleans still promises one thing.
“The museum is going to be extraordinary when it reopens, you will never remember we had a flood when you walk in the door, you’re just going to be amazed at what you see,” said Orleans.
To donate to the DuPage Children’s Museum, visit dupagechildrens. org.
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