It was always my favorite part of any field trip (or walk across the street) to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
. All those terrifying old tools, the saws, the dental drills, the cabinets filled with strange medicines and elixirs.
Starting Jan. 1, the museum's array of such things will close for renovation and reinterpretation. The new permanent exhibit, City of Sunshine
, is scheduled to open this time next year, and will include new stories, photographs and artifacts, along with audio and visual components. The museum is also working with architects to update the flooring and lighting in that area and show more of the original features of the building itself.
"Museum visitors who have favorite objects in the current exhibit can rest assured that many of them will return but be interpreted in fresh and exciting ways," promises the press release, sent today.
Meantime, a smaller, temporary exhibit called Chasing the Cure
will open in March. "It will feature the role our beautiful scenery and climate played in attracting consumptives to the area, the many doctors, nurses and sanitariums catering to the sick, various treatment methods and quack cures offered to health seekers, and hands-on health-related activities for children,” says museum curator Leah Davis Witherow
in the release.