The Georgia Children's Museum in downtown Macon has sold their headquarters as part of a newpartnership with local developers.

MidState Children's Challenge Projects, Inc., the organization that operates the museum, finalized a dealwith Ronald Conners and Eugene Cox Dunwody, Jr. that allows them to stay in the building at 382 Cherry Street while developers turn the upper four floors into 20 new lofts.

That's according to a news release.

"This development is a crucial turning port for the Children's Museum," said Mary Cay McCullough, executive director. "The new exhibits and the financial security that this deal brings is a win-win for the museum and the community"

As the museum prepares for the future, the staff will install four new exhibits over the next six to nine months. The most immediate exhibit will be Leonardo's Machines, an exhibit that features interactive replicas of Leonardo DaVinci's inventions.

The second planned exhibit is The Music Factory. This exhibit features hands on components of music and sound.

The release says the third and fourth exhibits have been in planning stages for more than five years. KidsTowne is an interactive community run by the museums pint sized guests.

It features a grocery store, a hospital, a court room, a restaurant, a TV studio and a bank. They'll also be installing portions of Passages through Time: A Native American Experience. Recreated from an exhibit from The Museum of Aviation, the pieces will teach children the importance of tools and pottery used by the Creek Nation in Middle Georgia.

Guests will be able to dig for arrowheads and make their own pottery based similar to that of the Native Americans.

The development will include construction of twenty innovative loft apartments on the upper four floors. Dunwody/Beeland Architects is designing the building and the construction contract has been awarded to ECI Contractors of Macon.

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