Construction delays force officials to push back target date for opening.

Posted Feb 14, 2009 @ 11:44 PM

Getting a museum ready isn’t as simple as clearing the room, painting the walls and moving in all the old stuff.

For instance, “you have to have a collections policy that allows you to accept certain pieces,” said Dale Beeks, owner of Perception Scientifica, an Iowa-based consulting firm on museum design and collections. “Some of them will be kept (for display), and some of them will be kept back for decades until they become pertinent.”

Beeks spent three days last week helping prepare the National Museum of Surveying for possible opening this spring on the north side of Old Capitol Plaza. He estimated he and other workers combed through 200 pieces, as well as hundreds of papers, letters, maps and other documents for potential display.

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