the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History will hold a special reopening ceremony this weekend at its Curtis Street location in Jamestown.
The institute, named after the world-renowned Jamestown native artist, will open on Saturday for the first time since early December, when a fire broke out at the facility. The free outdoor event will feature live music, as well as food and drink offerings. In addition, a discount will be offered for entry into the facility itself, where visitors will be able to view the new exhibit, “The Art of the Osprey”.
Managing Director of RTPI Arthur pearson said the event is meant to celebrate the establishment’s reopening and remind the community what a special gem it has within it: “The building is worth the visit in itself. It was designed by Robert AM Stern, so it is a gem of a building containing this collection. And it is our privilege, our joy, our honor to share this with our community. And so we want to use those strengths to really amplify the opportunity for RTPI not only to share Roger’s legacy, but also to share the essence of Roger’s legacy. “
Pearson also explained that while the December fire caused extensive water damage to parts of the establishment as well as its gift shop, the priceless works of art included in the collections did not suffer. no loss: “We had an electrical fire and it was probably set in about a minute, but then it was the water from the sprinkler system that really kept flowing for about a half hour or so. Much of the building was affected by water, especially the basement. We lost 85% of the contents of the basement and we lost the entire museum store. The good news is the collection we have, this world class collection, absolutely, perfectly safe. “
In total, Pearson said the fire resulted in damage worth around $ 1 million, which is why it has remained closed for the past six months to allow for repairs and renovations.
The Saturday reopening celebration will be marked with a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 p.m., which several local officials and community leaders plan to attend. The entire celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit RTPI.org.