Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery Announces New Museum Facility in Athens

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The Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery (OVMoD) announces that $200,000 in capital funding has been allocated for the museum in the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget to support the renovations of a new museum facility at 67 Columbus Road in Athens. OVMoD is a hands-on discovery museum that is dedicated to increasing access to and equity in educational opportunities for children and youth in the region.

Sara Hartman, OVMoD Board co-President, “A project like this is only possible with strong community support. We appreciate the 40+ community leaders who wrote letters of support and offer our sincere thanks to State Representative Jay Edwards and State Senator Frank Hoagland for supporting and advancing the project. We are so excited about our next steps.”

Ohio Valley With this contribution, OVMoD hopes to break ground soon in the first round of renovations. Capital campaign fundraising continues for additional renovations and exhibit development. OVMoD has been working with local firms RVC Architects Inc. and Hilferty & Associates (a museum planning/exhibit design group)  to create an extraordinary visitor experience that encompasses STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

“Having a renovated, permanent museum building will help OVMoD further expand its STEAM activities by providing an inspiring space for interactive exhibits and discovery-based educational programming,” says Board co-President Jennifer Hines-Bergmeier.

OVMoD director Jen Parsons says of the news, “We are thrilled! These funds will help the museum achieve its mission of inspiring confidence in people of all ages to explore and discover the world.”

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