Planning underway for new Knoxville science museum

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Plans for a new science museum in Knoxville are now underway, bringing changes to the site currently home to the police safety building.

Knoxville city council holding a workshop last night to discuss the plans. Jim Clayton, founder of Clayton Homes the man behind this whole project, says he would like to break ground this year, and they hope to have it completed in one year.

Clayton’s charitable organization, the Clayton Family Foundation, is funding the $100 million project and providing $50 million museum endowment. 

Clayton says planning has already gone into the museum and it’s a place that people of all ages can enjoy.

“”The museum will be very engaging, and engaging for everyone (of) all ages’, Clayton said. ‘There wil be an opportunity for our seniors or retirees who would like to have something to engage in, something half a day a week or five days a week. Whatever they would like to do.'”

We’re told there will be various science-based knowledge inside the museum when it opens, as well as exhibits specializing in weather, robotics, jewelry and aviation. 

Clayton says half of the operating costs will be pre-funded through the Clayton Family Foundation. 

The museum will be built on the current grounds of the Knoxville Police Department and Knoxville Fire Department headquarters. Those agencies will be moving to a portion of the Knoxville College campus. 

We’ll continue following the project and let you know of any updates.

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