A museum on the campus of East Tennessee State University's campus will soon reopen.
The Reece Museum will reopen April 23rd after a two-year $1.7million renovation.
Four exhibits will be available. "Vanishing Appalachia" uses photographs to examine fading aspects of Appalachian culture. "We Shall Not Be Moved," a traveling exhibition from the Tennessee State Museum, examines the civil rights sit-in movement as it unfolded across Tennessee. Local artist Bill Bledsoe will exhibit 12 new paintings of the ETSU campus commissioned by the university, and the "Country Music in the Tri-Cities" exhibit will reopen with new artifacts and information on music from ballads to bluegrass.
Visiting hours will change with the reopening. Tuesdays., Wednesdays and Fridays, the museum will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, on Thursdays from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. The museum is also seeking volunteers relating to research and collection.
Admission is always free, but donations are encouraged to help fund educational activities.
For more information, tour reservations, or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Reece Museum at (423) 439-4392.