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Port Discovery Celebrates Kick-Off of Construction on New Exhibits!

Port Discovery Children’s Museum officially kicked off construction on two new major exhibits – The Port Exhibit and a new four-story SkyClimber - on Friday, January 4, 2019 with a star-studded lineup of guest speakers and guests. 

Port Discovery was honored to host Maryland House Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones, 46th District Delegate Robbyn Lewis, Port Discovery Board Member & Co-Chair of the Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow Capital Campaign John Shmerler, and President & CEO of Port Discovery, Bryn Parchman for the Construction Kick-Off Event.

President & CEO Bryn Parchman began the morning by welcoming and thanking all who attended, giving more detail into the Port Exhibit, four-story SkyClimber and new and improved guest amenities to come while construction is underway. The new exhibits are being fabricated inside the Museum by the award-winning and Maryland-based Lewis Contractors. Parchman also gave insight on Port Discovery’s Master Plan on years to come, noting that 3 additional exhibits and expanded outreach programming will launch in the coming years. 

Member of Port Discovery Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow Capital Campaign John Shmerler gave an update regarding the current fundraising efforts happening for this campaign. Shmerler was thrilled to announce that the Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow Capital Campaign has raised $9.7 million toward the $10.5 million goal.

Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne Jones, noted how important Port Discovery is to the state of Maryland – both as an institution for interactive learning for young children, but also as a contributor to the state economically. Jones noted that Port Discovery Children’s Museum is the 4th most visited arts and culture attraction in the Baltimore region.

And for the fun part: gold sledgehammers.

Maryland House Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones, Representative Robbyn Lewis, Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow Capital Campaign co-chair John Shmerler, and Port Discovery President & CEO Bryn Parchman, pose with construction hard hats and golden sledgehammers before knocking over a wall of blocks to signify construction at Port Discovery beginning.

Afterward, guests, including Port Discovery Board Members and donors celebrated this happy occasion and took the opportunity to leave a personal touch on the KidWorks slide, using Sharpies to leave a permanent mark on the 20-year-old climber.

Board Members Signing KidWorks
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