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Wabasha, MN (KROC-AM News) - The National Eagle Center in Wabasha is kicking off a multi-year renovation and expansion project.

The first phase of the $27 million initiative will begin later this fall. Officials say the facility will be closed from October 25th until next Spring to allow the work to be completed.

Courtesy National Eagle Center

Phase 1 of the project will expand the National Eagle Center to include what a new release describes as museum-quality exhibits. It will also involve the development of an outdoor Amphitheater with additional outdoor spaces for exhibits and programs.

“The eagerly awaited expansion of the National Eagle Center will enrich visitors’ understanding of the American cultural experience as represented through the image of the eagle,” Wabasha Mayor Emily Durand said. “This unbeatable connection of a richly engaging collection combined with live eagles along the natural habitat of the flourishing Mississippi River will be unforgettable for all who visit. The riverfront open space, amphitheater, and public dockage will help ensure our community gains resilience as we recover from a period of great uncertainty. Timing of the expansion couldn’t be better.”

Courtesy National Eagle Center

The National Eagle Center opened in 2007. It currently includes 15,000 square feet of space with two floors of interactive exhibits.

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