Country Music Hall To Double In Size
July 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM in NASHVILLE has launched a $75 million capital campaign that will finance the museum’s 200,000-square-foot expansion. The size will actually be doubled when completed from 140,000 square feet to over 350,000 square feet, tripling the existing exhibit space and adding additional archival storage, an 800-seat theater and a new educational center.
STEVE TURNER, chairman of the museum’s Board Of Officers And Trustees, announced the kickoff of the public phase of the campaign this morning at a ceremony in the museum’s FORD THEATRE
“This is an unbelievable moment in the history of this museum and in the history of NASHVILLE,” said TURNER. “The campaign will finance a 200,000-square-foot museum expansion that will connect – structurally and financially – with the OMNI NASHVILLE convention hotel. This is an unprecedented public-private partnership made possible by the vision and stewardship of NASHVILLE MAYOR KARL DEAN.”
“Since the MUSEUM opened in 200l, it has become one of NASHVILLE’s signature cultural assets and a key economic engine,” said MAYOR DEAN. “Through a previously reported arrangement with the city, the OMNI NASHVILLE will construct an exterior shell to house an expanded museum seamlessly connected to the hotel on three levels. This commitment is valued at over $30 million, which the Museum will return to city coffers through a long-term lease agreement. With this integration into the OMNI and with close proximity to the MUSIC CITY CENTER, now more than ever, the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM and the city of NASHVILLE will prosper.”
For more info on the MUSEUM, visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.