Ah, the change of seasons. The first robin. The first tulip poking through the green grass. The first orange cones and road barricades.
This spring, bulldozers and front loaders arrived on 70th Street, signaling the end of winter and the beginning of Minnesota's second season: road construction. This is the view outside our door at the Edina History Museum. Although the road looks closed, we're still open regular museum hours throughout the project.
So don't let the signs fool you. Currently, you can drive on the "wrong" side of the road to get to us from west. The street is open to local traffic only, but you might encounter our neighbors, so stay to the right. We're only about a block into the construction zone - compared with those miles of slow-and-go lane closures on Minnesota highways, this is a pretty painless trip.
Detour routes will change throughout the project. Just follow the large orange "Arneson Acres" detour signs marking the detour route. Or call ahead (612-928-4577), and we'll tell you how we got in that morning.
We just set the date for our biggest annual event, the opening party for our upcoming "Growing Up in Edina: A Show and Tell Exhibit" on October 29, 2011. By then, the project will be close to complete.... just in time for Minnesota's other season, winter.
Note: we're finalizing details for the grand opening, but we wanted to publicize the date to allow people to plan ahead. We're excited to hear that some classes and neighborhoods are planning reunions around the exhibit. Arneson Acres Terrace Room is available for rental from the City of Edina Park and Rec Department, 952-927-8861. To book a group museum visit outside of regular museum hours, please call us at 612-928-4577. We try to accommodate special requests by groups, but please allow allow two to four weeks' advance notice so that we can schedule a volunteer docent. Admission outside of regular museum hours is $3 per person, with a minimum of $25 per hour. Admission during museum hours are free.
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