NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced Thursday a $75 million expansion project that will more than double the museum's 140,000 square feet space to 350,000 square feet.
The project will triple the existing exhibit space and add additional archival storage, an 800-seat theater and a new educational center that includes a children's gallery, classrooms and a recording studio.
When complete, the expanded museum will be integrated into a downtown campus with the Music City Center and the Omni Hotel.
The museum's six-floor addition will unite the museum and the Omni Hotel on three levels, allowing the two entities to share space and facilitate visitors' movements throughout the campus.
“This is an unbelievable moment in the history of this museum and in the history of Nashville,” Steve Turner, chairman of the museum's board of officers and trustees, said in a release.
Turner was joined by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean for Thursday's announcement in the museum's Ford Theater.
“Since the museum opened in 200l, it has become one of Nashville's signature cultural assets and a key economic engine,” Mayor Dean said, adding, “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.”
The expansion is due to be completed in the spring of 2014.
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