Peoria Zoo, Children's Discovery Museum receive state grants

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Peoria Zoo, Children's Discovery Museum receive state grants

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM CDT

CHICAGO -- Governor Pat Quinn announced on Thursday that several museums and exhibits across the states would share in a $15 million capital investment award.

Of those receiving grant money are the Peoria Zoo and the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal.

Our museums expand educational frontiers by allowing visitors to learn about Illinois’ history and cultural diversity in unique, interactive ways,” Governor Quinn said. “These Illinois Jobs Now! grants will not only help preserve and enhance some of Illinois’ greatest treasures, but also boost the economy by creating jobs and bringing more visitors to our state and its outstanding museums.”

The Adventure Grove project at the Peoria Zoo features habitats and environments of local animals and invites guests to become the living animals. This project has received $180,000 from the investment.

A new exhibit under construction at the Children's Discovery Museum, My Great Backyard,  provides opportunities for exploration and discovery through visual and auditory stimuli and will include a fort and clubhouse with observation towers. This project has received $209,000.

Thursday’s announcement marks the second time Governor Quinn has made a significant investment in public museums throughout Illinois. In 2010, nearly $15 million in capital dollars funded exhibit expansion and improvements at more than 50 museums.

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