The Pottawatomie County Museum at the Santa Fe Depot will re-open Thursday.

The Pottawatomie County Museum at the Santa Fe Depot will re-open Thursday.

The museum has been closed since Dec. 23 while the parking lot and sidewalks were under construction.

With the parking lot near completion the lot is still closed and museum director Ken Landry encourages visitors to park on Main Street and use the sidewalk on the east side of the new parking lot and enter through the main entrance of the Santa Fe Depot depot.

Normal business hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the Nov. 20, 2017 Shawnee City Commission meeting, the Pottawatomie County Museum was approved for the parking lot to be repaved with the original brick pavers that were used on Main Street.

The bricks were uncovered during the Streetscape project. In addition to over 60 parking spaces, there will also be sidewalks around the museum grounds that will lead up to the entrance of the new museum.

All of the bricks from Main Street were crafted in Kansas.

Total cost of the project will be $530,708.60. Parathon Construction was awarded the project.

According to a press release issued by the museum, construction on the additional museum for the Pottawatomie County Historical Society has been halted until additional funds can be raised to cover the cost of the remaining work that must be accomplished before the building can be occupied.

The increased cost of materials and the failure of some pledges to be fulfilled have resulted in a shortfall of the amount necessary to complete the work.

Currently the Board of Directors of the Pottawatomie County Museum Society is conducting a campaign for contributions to the building fund so that the new Paul and Ann Milburn Center and required landscaping can be completed this year.

For information on how you can help with this project, call the museum at 275-8412 or email Ken Landry at ken@pottcountymuseum.org, Tom Terry at tomterry@att.net.