The non-profit group planning to build a new children’s museum along East Adams Street in downtown Springfield has received $50,000 from Archer Daniels Midland Company to install what museum organizers are calling a Farm to Market exhibit.
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The exhibit is designed to inform visitors about the link between food grown by Illinois farm families and their customers. A corn maze, GPS-driven combine simulator as well as interactive exhibits about food safety and farm safety practices are among early plans provided Wednesday by Kidzeum Board President Rachel Thomson.
“The Kidzeum of Health and Science is thrilled to have ADM as a contributor,” Thomson said. “ADM’s support clearly demonstrates their commitment to science and agricultural education in Illinois."
The museum, also supported by St. John’s Children’s Hospital and private donors, is moving into three historic buildings just west of the Old State Capitol Square in Springfield.
Once fundraising is complete, the buildings will be renovated to house roughly 25,000 square feet of exhibit space on three floors. As of October 2013 the Kidzeum had raised $4.6 million of its $6.5 million dollar goal.
You can read more about the museum plans here.