Plans for new Tennessee State Museum taking shape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam will be leading the planned private fundraising campaign intended to bolster $120 million in taxpayer support for the new Tennessee State Museum.

Multiple media outlets report that Haslam’s chief of staff Mark Cate outlined plans Monday for both fundraising and construction of the facility, which will be located on the Bicentennial Capitol Mall in Nashville.

Haslam proposes creating a New State Museum Campaign Cabinet to raise the $40 million needed to meet the expected $160 million project budget.

Although details about the museum are not finalized, the museum is expected to stay open at its current location in the basement of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center for about three more years.

The project will provide the museum with its first stand-alone building in the institution’s 78-year existence.