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Neighbors of Kane County

Plans for expansion of the Batavia Depot Museum set in motion

Feb 19, 2017 12:15PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The Batavia Historical Society announces plans for a 5000-square foot addition to the Depot Museum, located at 155 Houston St. On Sunday, March 12, a kick-off celebration, “History Happens Here,” begins at 2 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. The public is invited to attend to learn more about this project.

The new space will feature special exhibition space, collection storage, along with a “Welcome to Batavia” reception area because of the museum’s proximity to the bike path. The two-level addition will be located on the north side of the present Depot Museum. The north wall of the existing museum will be opened to allow a flow between the current museum and the new addition.

The need for additional space is critical. Currently, offsite space is being used for the storage of materials and artifacts that were donated to the museum. Also, because exhibition space at the present site is limited, Batavia is unable to host many traveling national exhibits that are provided by major museums across the country, including the Smithsonian.

"This expansion project is so important," said Carla Hill, former Depot Museum director. "Our history needs to be preserved, not just for our present community, but for future generations as well, and we are simply out of room."

The new addition has been designed to complement the present museum, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Batavia Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, plans to raise $2 million for the construction of the expansion, linkup to the existing museum, general contractor fees, and contingency costs.

For more information about the project and the Batavia Historical Society, log on to To donate, send a check to the Batavia Historical Society Expansion Project, P.O. Box 14, Batavia, IL 60510.