Apr 11, 2017

Prehistoric Arizona to Come Alive with Construction of New Museum


A natural history museum exploring and celebrating the anthropology and paleontology of the desert southwest could become a permanent fixture on the Phoenix landscape.

A local businessman and developer has announced plans to build a $200 million facility that would include a series of high-tech interactive exhibits, several theatres, a library, conference hall, and several other features.

The planned Larry Gene Fleeman Museum of Natural History would measure around 300,000 square feet and will go up on an as-of-yet undisclosed location in metro Phoenix.

While the focus of the facility will be Arizona and Western-oriented, exhibits will also feature artifacts from across the country and world.

Fundraising for the facility is being launched with an emphasis on securing support through grants and both corporate and individual giving.

Michael Fleeman, who is naming the museum in honor of his late father, a natural history collector, has indicated that work on the facility could begin in 2019, with a general completion date of sometime in 2021.


By Garry Boulard

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