The Siloam Springs Museum board of directors announced today that the museum will remain at its current location, 112 N. Maxwell Street, one block east of Broadway, in the downtown historic district.
Over the past eighteen months, the board has carefully considered options for a possible relocation to the Old Post Office on Broadway Street, but believes that future sustainability of the museum may be adversely affected if it were to take on higher overhead costs and building maintenance in a much larger facility.
“We not only believe enhancing our current location will provide greater outreach with better access to exhibits and activities, but will also prevent a beautiful old building from sitting empty on the street adjacent to our vibrant business district on Broadway,” said museum board president, Katie Rennard.
Currently, museum board members are meeting with city leaders, community stakeholders, collections professionals, architects and contractors to help identify the most efficient and cost effective ways to renovate and restore the beauty of the building as well as enhance the current exhibit and storage space.
The museum board and staff remain grateful to museum members and donors for their ongoing support and to the City of Siloam Springs for the use of the current building as well as their continued financial assistance.
The Siloam Springs Museum incorporated in 1969 and moved to its current location in 1972. Since then, the museum has continued to add to the extensive collection of more than 25,000 photographs, documents, and artifacts that are housed in the current location.
For more information about the museum, please call (479) 524-4011 Tuesday through Saturday, visit www.siloamspringsmuseum.com or please find and like us on Facebook.
About the Siloam Springs Museum –
The mission of the Siloam Springs Museum is to preserve the past, record the present, and provide perspective for the future through the collection and exhibition of objects of scientific, historical, and artistic value and by research and publication, particularly as they relate to Siloam Springs and its surrounding communities.
At the Siloam Springs Museum, you can explore the past through permanent and rotating exhibits highlighting Native American culture, pioneer life, medicine and many other facets of local history.