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New Tubman Museum to open spring 2015

It's been a long road, but the Tubman Museum in downtown Macon is inching closer to being finished.

Over the past dozen years, the multi-million dollar project has slowed and stopped due to money trouble. But Thursday, officials said they are confident it'll open in spring 2015.

"It is our plan to finish on time, on budget, with a quality project," said Tom Sands, museum board chair.

The project broke ground in 2001, willl cost around $20 million and museum officials say they now have what they need to finish.

"To complete the build out of the museum, it will be a little less than $6 million," said Sands.

The outside has now been completed. And Executive Director Andy Ambrose says they've re-arranged the interior layout to create space for multi-purpose classrooms. "It can also be used for programs, they can be used for teaching in the arts and for arts work," said Ambrose.

What was going to be a West African exhibit will now be dedicated to African American musicians from Macon. Ambrose said Otis Redding's family will be helping out.

Another addition is the sound-proof cultural arts wing dedicated to visual and performing arts.

Since they'll be going from an 8,500 square foot space to a 49,000 square foot building, they'll have a lot more space for exhibits.

"We've had a 300 percent increase in our collections, with no acquisitions budget. It's come from artists ... prominent artists in many cases, as well as collectors," said Ambrose.

Ambrose says they have room to grow in the building and those 49,000 square feet give them space available for things they haven't even thought of yet.


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