Everhart Museum Announces Major Renovations


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A museum in Scranton is about to begin a major renovation project.
    The Everhart Museum will use more than 200-thousand dollars in gaming money to modernize and upgrade its facility.
    Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has more on what will be done.

It has served art lovers since 1908 but time has taken its toll on the Everhart Museum.
    With the help of $220,000 in casino cash the Scranton landmark is about to get a facelift.

 “We are really, sort of, re-organizing the way the public uses the space.” Said Aurore Giguet, the Everhart Museum Executive Director.

    Executive director Aurore Giguet detailed the changes Monday morning.
    The existing classroom in the basement of the museum — which is currently used for more than 100 children’s programs — will move to the first floor and double in size.
    The upstairs gallery rooms which are dated — with blue walls and old carpet — will also be painted and see lighting improvements.
    Directors want to bring the museum into the modern era.

“You run into many people in the community that haven’t been here for decades and they have wonderful, fond memories of the museum but we need to encourage them to keep returning to the museum. It’s always changing.” Said Joseph Curtin, President of the Board of Directors.

    For the last three years, the museum has tried to get a share of gaming money, but wasn’t successful until now.

 “They are going to do very special work here that i think it is going to be exciting for the community. I’m looking forward to coming back.” said Senator John Blake, (D) Lackawanna/Monroe Counties

 “During the renovations, officials say some parts of the museum may be off-limits for maintenance but they’re going to try to prevent this as much as possible.”

    Also as part of the renovations the Everhart will also change some its shows and re-examine its entire collection.

“We just want people to re-discover the museum.” Noted Giguet.

    Restoring history to make sure it lasts another 100 years.
    The major renovations are expected to begin in August.
    All of the changes at the Everhart Museum are expected to be finished by next February.

Everhart Museum Website

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