The museum has been closed since January as it underwent an expansion and renovations.
A grand re-opening of the Rehoboth Beach Museum is planned Saturday.
The museum has been closed since January 1 for construction/renovations that included expanding to the second floor of its building at 511 Rehoboth Ave.
Museum director Nancy Alexander said the work has taken longer than expected.
“We had hoped to have the renovation completed earlier and the museum open for visitors during the first half of the summer,” she said. “However, the extra features we have added to the renovation, particularly for the permanent collection and special exhibitions and events, will make significant contributions to enjoyable and informative visits to the museum by visitors, researchers and locals alike.”
The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until the end of October when it is open only Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The newly renovated upstairs includes a research area for visitors, a library and a new multi-purpose room that can be used for museum programs and by community groups. Alexander said the displays on the first floor have also been redesigned
“We are excited by the opportunities the expanded facility will provide for dramatically increasing our permanent exhibition displays, and for being able to offer a greater variety of special shows, lectures and events,” she said.
Rehoboth Museum President Paul Kuhns said fundraising for the renovations had been going on for about three years, but construction didn’t start until they were close to meeting their goal.
“The museum wants to thank the many friends and patrons of the museum who have contributed to our expansion fund, and to numerous organizations and foundations that have supported this effort through generous grants,” he said.
Programs have already been scheduled for the upcoming months, including:
September 13, 7 p.m. -- Mike Morgan will be here for a program, “Treasures of the Rehoboth Beach Museum: Images of the Past.” Mike will delve into the variety of pictorial items the society has collected over the years.
September 18, 2 p.m. -- John Gauger will be back with a reprise of his program “Propaganda and the American Revolution.” Last spring this program was so popular that the museum could not accommodate all who wanted to come. John has graciously agreed to come back and repeat this program for us.
September 15 -- the opening of the museum’s annual Needlework exhibit.
September 29, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- the museum will be celebrating Rehoboth history with a Retro Sock Hop.
October 5 -- the renowned Acoustic Jam will return.
Additionally, historical walking tours take place at 9 a.m. September 20 and October 4. The tours begin at the bandstand and provide a gentle guided stroll around downtown. The Jolly Trolley Bus Tour offers a “step back in time” with a 50-minute guided history tour of the city, including a welcome from the Reverend Todd, founder of the Rehoboth Camp Meeting Association, and a lady parishioner at the historic Anna Hazard Tent House. They will be held on October 26 at 9 a.m. and 11a.m. The Trolley tours start and end at the Anna Hazzard Museum at 17 Christian Street.
Reservations for these and other programs can be obtained by leaving a voice message at (302) 227-7310. To check for costs and other information check out the calendar on our website www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.