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Marbles Is Looking To Expand In Downtown Raleigh

Marbles Kids Museum
the museum
Marbles Kids Museum

A picture of the Marbles building.
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Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh is raising funds to plan a makeover.

It's getting crowded at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.

Sally Edwards is president of the private not-for-profit. She says the museum built to accommodate 175,000 visitors a year, but now hosts 450,000.

“There are days that there are more people at the museum playing than the museum was designed to accommodate. So we really look forward to the opportunity to identify ways where we can expand, so the visitors who want to come and play and learn at Marbles have more room to spread out while they're here.”

She says Marbles is now raising money to hire a consultant to craft a 10-year expansion plan.

“Our top priority really is to look at creative ways to gain additional capacity for our programs and exhibits, so the we can serve more people and meet the demand.”

Edwards says Marbles also wants to improve visitor flow and overhaul the building's exterior.

Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
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