Children's Museum Prepares for Final Goodbye to Downtown Bryan

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BRYAN, Texas - After more than a decade in downtown Bryan, The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley is moving on.

Many of the items that brought smiles and education to children have already been packed away, patiently waiting in the basement of the museum for the movers to carry them off.

The museum on 27th Street in downtown Bryan will close for good on Saturday.

Executive Director Carolyn Young said the old municipal building has been great, but it's time to move on.

"It's the right time in the life of the museum," said Young.

Young said the new location, just off 29th Street in the Carter Creek Center is more centralized and accessible to the growing population.

Only problem is, the building isn't ready for move in. Young said it could take up to two months for construction to finish up, and they're scheduled to be out of the old building in two weeks.

In the meantime, everything inside the museum will have to wait it out in storage.

The new museum will have about the same amount of space as the old one, but with one floor instead of two.

"We're going to have lots of open space that we'll be able to use for our exhibits," said Young.

RoseRock Investments in Bryan purchased the old museum building. Daniel Park with RoseRock said they'll be renovating the building to restore it to its original look. Renovations should take a couple of weeks. After that, Park said they'll be leasing it out for mixed use office space.

Young said they won't be leaving the old building quietly. A farewell event is scheduled for Friday evening from 4 to 7, in conjunction with Free Friday in downtown Bryan. Admission to the event is free.

"We're going to be giving away copies of our Firegator book," said Young. "It has some history of this wonderful building when it was actually a fire station."

The museum building was built sometime in the late 20's, and has been home to a fire station, police station and Bryan City Hall.

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