ROCKFORD (WREX) - The Burpee and Discovery Center museums break ground on a $10 million expansion on the banks of the Rock River.
It took four years to raise the money for the project that includes a new exhibition hall for Burpee and a new special events hall for the Discovery Center.
"This is a culmination of four years of very hard work trying to raise the funds. We're very excited about it. The impact on Rockford we think is going to be significant to tourism, reputation. We think we're going to be the dinosaur capital of the world," said Burpee Museum Director Dr. Alan Brown.
"To live in a community like Rockford that really and truly appreciates and supports the attractions here is quite a compliment, I think, to the citizens of Rockford," said Discovery Center Executive Director Sarah Wolf.
More than 800 contributors put in money to pay for the project.
Construction should be completed by next summer.
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