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Boyertown museum closed for renovations

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The main gallery of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles has been cleared to make way for a new floor and renovations. (Contributed)
The main gallery of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles has been cleared to make way for a new floor and renovations. (Contributed)

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will be closed for six to seven weeks as Hollenbach Construction of Boyertown completes long-awaited renovations to the museum’s main gallery.

Kendra Cook, curator of the museum at 85 S. Walnut St., said several walls already have been demolished and the gallery emptied for the work, which will have a strong focus on improving the concrete flooring on which the exhibited vehicles sit.

“The museum is located in a former factory building,” Cook said. “The concrete flooring has a lot of uneven surfaces and different coloring because of patchwork over the years.”

The biggest concern, though, was the slope of the floor.

“There is a big difference between the highest and lowest level of the main floor of the museum,” she said.

While the project won’t entirely level the surface, it will be leveled to a more even slope that will make it easier to get vehicles in and out of exhibits and make it easier for visitors to move about the museum, Cook said.

While Hollenbach is the general contractor, much of the lighter work, such as painting and installing nonload bearing exhibit walls, is being done by staff and volunteers to limit costs, she said.

She did not have a final cost on the renovation project.

When complete, the museum will be remodeled with a new layout and fresh format for visitors, Cook said.

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