CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby will soon begin a major expansion project. It's still in the planning stages, but administrators said it will involve enclosing a central courtyard and overhauling existing exhibit areas.
It will add 6,000 square feet of multi-use space, allowing the facility to host bigger traveling exhibits. It will also create more space for meetings and events.
The State has provided $2 million and the museum hopes to raise another $1 million from private donations.
"It was badly needed, because we had to turn away wonderful traveling exhibits that were offered to us by the Smithsonian and the Japanese-American Historical Society...we simply didn't have the space," said Chad Daniels, museum director. "And because our visitation is so high, we needed to change the floor plan of the museum to open it up a little bit, so large school groups (can) come in, they can be accommodated better," Daniels said.
He also said the new meeting area will be able to handle up to 400 people.