A.R. Bowman Museum enlargement will include rotating exhibits to Prineville’s ‘cultural district’

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PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) — Prineville’s A.R. Bowman Museum on Principal Avenue has shared the historical past of Criminal County given that it initially opened in 1971.  Now, it truly is growing over and above its humble beginnings to a larger, heritage-loaded exhibition centre.

“These exhibits can vary as properly. We can have the in-home displays, in which we’ll generate an exhibit listed here with the workers to offer with a unique aspect of Crook County heritage, most most likely. We can have traveling reveals,” museum Director Sandy Cohen claimed Wednesday.

Owning achieved their fundraising purpose of $800,000 for development of the exhibition middle, Cohen said they strategy to develop a replica of the Belknap House, which was notably owned by the to start with genuine medical professional in Prineville. The exhibitions will previous about six to 9 months before they’re altered.

“This is element of form of a ‘cultural district’ now in Prineville — it is really how we envisioned it,” Cohen mentioned. “We have the museum and we have the background centre in this article, and now we have Caboose Park up coming door, and upcoming to Caboose Park will be the exhibit centre.”

Just before the pandemic, Cohen mentioned, the museum gained about 20,000 readers a year, and he expects that variety to jump by including the rotating exhibitions, which will persuade the neighborhood to pay a visit to far more typically.

From the inception of the undertaking, Cohen claimed the Prineville group has been specifically supportive.

“That tax levy has been handed with frustrating assist just about every time it really is been on the ballot,” he said. “Which is particularly uncommon.”

The fundraising marketing campaign commenced in April, and the Historical Modern society contributed an preliminary $270,000.

“That is the price tag of the development and the renovation, it can be an inside renovation,” Cohen said. “There is also an exterior renovation.”

With the character of these reveals, nonetheless, Cohen stated continued funding will be necessary to keep up with the rotating displays.

The upcoming ways contain the bidding process for the development. Even though Cohen doesn’t know the timeline just nevertheless, he seems to be forward to having the ball rolling.