Wicked Local Concord | By Henry Schwan
November 29, 2016
At a cost of $13 million, the Concord Museum has received the green light to break ground on an expansion and renovation.
Museum Executive Director Peggy Burke told the Concord Selectmen Nov. 28 that the museum’s board of directors voted Nov. 14 to break ground sometime this winter, and the hope is to finish the work in early 2019.
Burke said the expansion includes more parking, and there’s a renovation component to the project that will increase visitor and gallery space in the existing building.
More space is needed, according to Burke, especially in the area of student education, because the museum attracts 12,500 students annually.
“We’re out of space,” Burke said.
According to Burke, the expansion would include a new education center connected to the museum. The three-story center will include classrooms on the first floor, collectibles and storage on the second and offices on the top floor.
An outdoor courtyard is also planned, and a doubling of the size of the parking lot.