Three Phases of Modernization
Modernization of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is happening in three phases. Learn about the project’s progression below:
I) The museum’s modernization project began with a focus on updating exhibit content. Utilizing well-respected, professional exhibit designer, Roger Westerman, exhibits have been expanded and improved to regional museum quality standards.
II) Currently, renovations plans are underway to create the Scudder Family Community Room for Civic Education. Construction is planned to begin in December 2019 with completion in April 2020. The renovation includes the construction of a 50-seat community room with configurable tables and chairs that will support the Museum’s civics education and diverse cultural programming, while also accommodating community events and providing a space for private and corporate events.
A key component of the new space will be advanced media capabilities, enabling in-house viewing of special speaker programs and educational curricula from external organizations, including the JFK Library and Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. The Museum will also be able to do outbound live streaming and broadcasting to a variety of audiences such as classrooms, year-round residents and home-bound or limited mobility patrons.
As an integral part of the local social infrastructure, we’re thrilled with the opportunity the new community room will provide to expand our current programming and enable more local students and residents to benefit – ultimately fostering social interactions and building relationships that result in a stronger community.
III) The final phase of the Museum’s modernization efforts will include a complete renovation of the Main Level exhibition and reception space – including the addition of a theater, interactive exhibits (including virtual and augmented reality), and enhanced accessibility. Planned for 2021 and 2022, this work will be the culmination of the modernization project.