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Virginia Museum of Natural History to open satellite museum in Waynesboro

By Justin Ward, jward@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:38:54 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 06:54:09 PM EDT

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is in the planning stages of opening another museum in another part of the state.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -

It's a museum that bridges very different worlds into one.

From prehistoric creatures to new discoveries, scientist at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville are finding history in every corner of Virginia. Museum leaders say they'll soon display it for you beyond Southern Virginia.

"The natural history museum would like to expand its mission. We are charged with being a resource for all citizens of the commonwealth. And you know, with our location here in Martinsville we do a great job within our local region, but wouldn't it be awesome if we could have an offsite facility," said Executive Director Joe Keiper.

Right now, all signs lead to Waynesboro, Virginia, which is an hour and a half north of Roanoke.

Keiper says it's a perfect spot, close to interstates 81 and 64 and near Shenandoah National Park.

"Our museum has grown to a point where we think that we've really established ourselves very well and we're very comfortable and we're succeeding week to week and month to month," Keiper said.

Martinsville will be headquarters for the museums and is home to all its collections.

"We can even be a little entrepreneurial. In other words once we get this established and begin to run it properly with good business practices, we could also potentially see an income flow from that operation that can help the institution overall," Keiper said.

This plan is still in the thought process. There are no drawings or blueprints out right now.

Keiper says leaders here should have a better idea of their new location by next spring.