Authorities inaugurate reinvented Kaleideum museum in Winston-Salem | New
FRAN DANIEL The Winston-Salem newspaper
WINSTON-SALEM – Kaleideum unveiled its $ 43.5 million museum on August 19, which will be built downtown at the corner of West Third Street and Town Run Lane.
The new building is expected to open in fall 2023.
The Forsyth County Council of Commissioners is providing $ 30.5 million and the Town of Winston-Salem is contributing $ 2 million for public investment in the new building. Kaleideum has raised $ 10.1 million from an $ 11 million fundraising campaign for the remaining money.
“By designing the spaces for the reinvented Kaleideum, we have responded to the wants and needs of the community,” said Elizabeth Dampier, Executive Director of Kaleideum. “With the new museum, we go beyond the concepts of a children’s museum or a singular science center to become a learning museum that mixes the arts and sciences while recognizing the value of both, not as silos, but as integrally connected tools that work together. “
Dampier said Kaleideum will open with nine exhibits that allow for multiple types of engagement and attract visitors of varying ages and development.
Previously, Kaleideum said it received $ 2.25 million from the L. David Mounts Foundation, $ 2 million from Novant Health and $ 1 million from Wake Forest Baptist Health.
At the inauguration, Kaleideum announced that it had received additional gifts from numerous donors, including the Reynolds American Foundation, a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation, Scottie and David Neill, Duke Energy Foundation, Dr Steven Feldman and Leora Hankin, First Citizens Bank & Trust, James G. Hanes Memorial Fund, Sam N. Carter and Pauline H. Carter Fund, Winston-Salem Foundation, The Twin City Development Fund and Wells Fargo Foundation.