Family Museum is ´On the Road' to Building New Exhibit
‘There is a great big world out there, full of unknown and unexpected things.’ (Source: KidZibits, Inc.) Young adventure-seekers will soon be able to explore that world in one special place – the Family Museum.
On Tuesday, December 5, 2023, Bettendorf City Council unanimously awarded and approved a contract and bond awarding KidZibits, Inc. as the designer of a $749,520 exhibit called ‘On the Road.’
“We are extremely excited about this upcoming renovation at the Family Museum,” said Kim Kidwell, Culture & Recreation Director. “’On The Road’ is a unique exhibit that intertwines generations and will allow families to reminisce about road trips and vacations they have taken, all while exploring hands-on educational experiences. We are grateful for the support of the City of Bettendorf, our local and private foundations, as well as the generous donors that have contributed to this project.”
Designed by KidZibits, ‘On the Road’ is an experience that takes visitors on a cross-country adventure – exploring culture, nostalgia, and the natural world as they trek along and map out their own journeys. With an emphasis on collaborative play, visitors will learn about U.S. geography, ecology, history, and culture. The exhibit will be built in a 2,500 square foot space that was once used for traveling exhibits:
“Renovating this space to a permanent exhibit allows the Family Museum to increase its financial stability and aligns with the Museum’s Strategic Plan,” said Kidwell.
Construction of ‘On the Road’ is expected to begin in 2024.