Friday, May 13, 2016

Coming Summer 2017! Major Updates to the First Division Museum

by Gayln Piper, First Division Museum

When visitors step into the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton next summer, they will be greeted by new, interactive exhibits celebrating all 100 years of the 1st Infantry Division’s history.

In early April, the First Division Museum announced the start of the redesign project that will update existing exhibits -- which span the period from the 1st Infantry Division’s inception in 1917 through the Vietnam War in 1970 -- and create new ones highlighting its more recent history.

While the footprint of the Museum will not change, visitors will see dramatic differences inside. Led by Luci Creative, the project will be divided into three areas: the existing 10,000-square-foot exhibit, which will be updated with revised text, updated artifact displays and new digital components; the 2,700-square-foot temporary exhibit area, which will be converted into a permanent exhibit focused on the 1st Infantry Division’s history after the Vietnam War; and the lobby.

The First Division Museum, which attracts about 170,000 visitors annually, will close its doors the day after Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, and remain closed until summer 2017. The reopening will coincide with the centennial of the 1st Infantry Division and World War I.

While a final design concept is still being determined, here is a sneak peek at what the space may look like after the redesign.

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