A $2 million renovation of the Fort Bend Museum is nearly complete, and the public will soon be able to experience the upgrades.
The museum at 500 Houston St. in Richmond will unveil the renovated space to a select number of guests during a gala on July 15, and will reopen the museum to the public on July 17. Dubbed “History Rising,” the renovation project has taken about six months, according to a news release from the museum.
“History really does unite us,” said board member Keely Knipling of the Fort Bend History Association, which runs the museum. “It was very gratifying to see all the different people and entities who helped make the dream a reality. We can’t wait to share the finished project with everyone.”
Among improvements to the building was an overhaul of both the exterior and interior, while the new museum matches the look of the Moore Home next door, with more windows, higher ceilings and covered porches. Inside the redesigned interior – which is 33 percent larger, according to the museum – will be newly-designed exhibits telling the story of Fort Bend County starting with the initial settlers and going through present day.
The museum said it will also feature hands-on interactive exhibits, colorful graphics and life-sized cutouts of historical figures.
“In this way, the museum can serve as a community resource ⎯ a hub of history so to speak,” site manager Ana Alicia Acosta said.
Tickets for the opening day gala on July 15 are $75 per person, while the public grand opening on July 17 will be free and open to the community.
To learn more about the opening weekend events and the new-look museum, community members can visit fortbendmuseum.org/historyrising.