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Insights to move into elementary school building; will reopen in 2014

By: Jesse Martinez and Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas The Insights Science Museum is getting a second lease on life as El Paso ISD board of managers approved to move the museum into the vacant Alamo Elementary building.

As KFOX14 previously reported, the Insights Science Museum was demolished in March to make way for the city's Triple-A baseball stadium. Since then, the museum's fate has been in limbo.

"Name another city with more than 500,000 people that doesn't have a science museum. We're too big, we're too important to not offer this kind of service to our kids," said Nate Robinson, president of the museum.

EPISD officials approved an agreement that would allow the science center to use the Alamo Elementary building on a five-year contract with a possible five-year extension.

"The experience overall will be different. It will be exciting, it'll be integrative; you'll feel like you'll be part of a storyline when you walk in. It's thematic," Robinson said.

Robinson said the museum is in the process of getting ready and will have some never-before-seen exhibits.

"We will have a new musical Tesla coil, which is going to be really impressive and fun," Robinson said.

EPISD board President Dee Margo said the agreement made sense economically.

"It's an unused building. It's in an area that could use a little revitalization," Margo said.

As part of the agreement, the district will pay to refurbish the building, and in return, the museum will offer free admission to EPISD students. That's a deal Margo said is a "win-win all the way around."

District officials said the Alamo Elementary building has been vacant for seven years and is weathered due to lack of use.

The museum is set to open in spring 2014.

 

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