Galesburg’s Discovery Depot unveils major renovations

There’s a world of wonder at Galesburg’s Discovery Depot.

“It’s just really cool,” said Ainsleigh Boniger, 9.

Rave reviews for the $800,000 makeover. The museum at 128 South Chambers Street is ready to fascinate kids with interactive stations.

“It will be really nice to stay in town more to do stuff like this,” said Galesburg mom Christen Plescia.

Hands-on history just for youngsters. Reopening after two months of renovations, it’s impressing families with creativity.

“We’ve just been here for a short time,” said visiting mom Melissa Clark. “They’re already all over the place having a lot of fun.”

There’s a lot of learning around every corner at Discovery Depot. It’s fun for kids of all ages.

The museum paid for the project with public and private money from tax incentives and generous donors. All of it will entertain and engage the next generation in Galesburg.

“We’re hoping to have a huge impact on tourism to the local area as well as being a great resource for our local families,” said Denise Bradburn, executive director.

From kid-size displays to a giant Ferris wheel, there’s always something to try. It’s an investment in the future.

“From the smallest, which was a couple of girls that had a lemonade stand, all the way up to the largest contributor made this project happen,” said Steve Gerstenberger, project chairman.

Mostly, it’s fun for kids. They’re sold after one visit.

“I just think they can explore and kind of learn a little bit,” said Ainsleigh.

Discovery Depot is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-5, and on Sunday from 1-5.

Admission is $6 per person. Memberships are available.

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