Museum looks at traveling exhibit

New attraction possible for 2010

— It's an opportunity for the Museum of Northwest Colorado and Moffat County locals to have something new, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.

At its Tuesday meeting, the Commission signed a letter of intent between the museum and the Colorado Aerospace History Project to potentially bring a new traveling exhibit in 2010 or 2011.

The concept is being designed for small museums, said Jan Gerber, who works at the museum. About a half dozen museums have been selected from around the state so far, she added.

"We're looking at not only a balcony show, but the main area of the museum and also the basement area," Gerber said. "We're also looking at having a child discovery center."

The exhibit is planned to be free for the public.

The museum and the History Project still are examining possible attractions, Gerber said.

At the children's center, interactivity is a key, she said.

"It's very interactive for children," Gerber said. "We could actually have a cockpit for the children to go in, children's clothing they could try on."

This is a great opportunity for the museum, Gray said.

"It is a county museum, and once the local people have been there, they really don't have a reason to go back," Gray said. "I think this is great. My thought: Congratulations for thinking of it, and go on and see what you get."

Museum officials hope to work closely with the Moffat County School District to get a lot of child participation, Gerber said.

They also hope to work with the History Project to tailor some exhibit elements to Moffat County specifically, she added.

The letter of intent is an agreement to work together and does not mean the museum will have the exhibit or is required to invest money at this point.

A formal contract will follow when costs and plans are finalized, currently projected for the end of 2008, Gerber said.

"This will bring a whole new light to the museum for everyone to see," Commissioner Tom Mathers said.

Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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