MV Museum Wins Grant; Celebrates Groundbreaking
May 19, 2017
Martha’s Vineyard Museum — Following Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is the recipient of a $225,000 grant from the State’s Cultural Facilities Fund, The Museum will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at its future home on May 27th, at noon, at 151 Lagoon Pond Road. The event is open to all. The capital grant will support construction costs and must be matched with funds from private and/or other public sources.
The groundbreaking ceremony will officially kick off the first phase of construction consisting of the complete renovation and restoration of the historic 1895 Marine Hospital as well as construction of a pavilion for the 1854 First Order Fresnel lens (originally used in the Gay Head Lighthouse). This will feature a small café, a multi-sensory room for children, and a storage outbuilding for the Museum’s vehicles and vessels.
The Marine Hospital will provide exhibit space, curatorial work space, collection storage, a classroom, research library, and gift shop. On four acres on a grassy hill overlooking the Lagoon, the property will feature a park-like setting for outdoor events and the general enjoyment by the Island public.
The second phase, consisting of entirely new construction, will complete the Museum’s master plan, and add a spacious exhibit gallery wing and additional collection storage that meets contemporary museum standards of light and climate control.