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Effort under way to open kids' museum

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A grass roots effort is under way to create a children's museum in Louisville.

The project is just getting off the ground. The goal is to raise about $2 million to open a non-profit museum for kids between 12 months to 12 years old.

Only a small amount of money has been raised so far. But supporters say the project is moving into high gear.

"Yesterday (Wednesday) in fact we had our first formal board meeting," said Emily Burrice, spokesperson for the Louisville Children's Museum. "We have 13 people on our board with community leaders who are determined to see this thing through who will help us with fundraising with contacts and will help us to find a permanent location for the museum."

Right now it is just a website, a Facebook page and a group of 80 volunteers who think Louisville needs such a museum.

They say out of the top 30 cities in the country, Louisville is the only one without a museum dedicated solely to kids.

The group says such a project would not compete with the Louisville Science Center which they believe is for older children and adults.

The hope is to locate the museum either downtown or near downtown. Plans call for the museum to occupy about 15,000 sq. ft. of space.

And it would have more of an educational component, learning with hands on exhibits.

"We have a multi-cultural exhibit planned," explains Burrice, "buildings scaled down to children's size complete replicas of whatever country they will represent; we have a health and fitness exhibit, as well as a learn about Louisville exhibit, just to name a few."

The goal is to have the new museum open within three years.

Click here for more information about the plans for the children's museum.

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