Millions sought to finish state museum renovations

After a presidential term's worth of renovations, the New Jersey State Museum is making a push to raise funds needed to complete the final steps of the museum's reformation.

The museum has been closed to the public for four years, twice as long as initially expected. The renovations have come with a $15 million price tag, but more money is needed to revamp the museum's content.

A fundraising drive is under way to gain enough money for an overhaul of the museum's exhibits. Museum officials are hoping to raise an additional $13 million.

Among the donors is the Public Service Enterprise Group, which gave the museum a $500,000 grant for the creation of a climate change exhibit. The exhibit will focus on the changes affecting the New Jersey shore.

The museum's executive director expects to be totally finished with the renovations in the next few months.

"It's going to be wonderful for families and visitors to see what is so special about New Jersey," says Executive Director Barbara Moran.

For the museum renovation news conference, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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