HOLLAND — On Oct. 8, the Holland Museum hosted its fourth free admission night, which takes place the second Monday of every month 4-8 p.m.
“It’s gotten good traction,” said Executive Director Ricki Levine. “We try to work with community members as often as possible, so they can take advantage of it.”
The Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th St., has served the Holland community for more than 75 years. The museum houses more than 30,000 artifacts in four historic buildings — the Settlers House, the Holland Armory, the Cappon House and the main museum, which is located in Holland’s former Post Office.
“We fell off the spotlight for a lot of people because we weren’t doing a lot of community events,” said Levine. “But we’re trying to revamp and bring that up.”
The trust has struggled with funding in recent years. After the City of Holland — which once funded the operation in full — began cutting back on funds, the trust attempted a three-municipality millage in 2014 to identify a steady source of funding; the measure failed.
Spark!Lab, an interactive exhibit launched in early August, is open on free admission night and features different problem solving activities that rotate every three months. Other than an introductory monitor, the lab has no screens.
“We’re teaching some learning skills,” said Levine. “Employers have embraced this idea, because this is their future workforce. There are kids coming out of college that don’t know how to problem solve or communicate because they’re tied to screens.”
The museum’s permanent central exhibit is also available on free admission night, and includes key information about Holland history.
“We are such a rich region of invention and innovation,” said Levine. “So, not only are we teaching the invention process, but we’re teaching the history of invention.”
Levine would like to expand free admission night, making the event weekly rather than monthly.
“As long as we can afford to host the monthly night, we will,” she said. “We’re not in a position to expand right now, but we’re looking for a great big donor, because we’d love to.”
The Cappon and Settler House Museum are not included in free admission night. The Holland Museum is regularly open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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by Cassandra Bondie / Cbondie@hollandsentinel.com / 616-546-4237
2018 Fall and Holiday Programs
The Holland Museum is kicking off the season with exciting new program opportunities for you and your family! Check out the lineup in the Fall and Holiday Program Guide so you don’t miss what’s happening in Spark!Lab, the new Mars exhibit, and fun holiday events. You can get detailed information and register for events on our website.
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