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NLM Awarded RACP Grant

NLM Awarded RACP Grant

National Liberty Museum Announces $2 Million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant as Part of Multi-Phased Transformation

The Museum set to begin next phase in renovations, including creation of brand new third floor gallery space and upgrades to accommodate all visitors.


Philadelphia, PA (May 3, 2022) – The National Liberty Museum (NLM) was awarded a $2 million grant by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) in efforts to continue capital improvements to their building as part of a multi-phased transformation project, announced today. The RACP is a Commonwealth grant program that supports state-funded projects on behalf of regional civil, economic, cultural, historic, and recreational projects.

The funding will allow for the creation of purpose-built gallery and event spaces on the Museum’s third floor. The renovation will reveal original architectural features, including a bank of windows overlooking Chestnut Street and Franklin Court. Additional improvements include accommodations for all visitors, including an increase in ADA accessibility and the introduction of gender neutral bathrooms. Other project aspects include a new catering kitchen and HVAC, fire suppression, and further mechanical and electrical upgrades.

“We are grateful to receive this support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program at this moment in our museum’s transformation,” said Dr. Alaine Arnott, Chief Executive Officer of the National Liberty Museum. “The National Liberty Museum is the contemporary voice in Old City. With these funds, we will carry out critical upgrades to our building and create a dynamic space where artists and visitors alike can engage in the project of liberty in creative and constructive ways. The support we are receiving to keep our transformation process moving forward will help us reach our mission and goals.”

This is the second RACP award received by NLM, with initial grant funds used to make foundational system infrastructure upgrades and exterior renovations. Renovations are currently underway, led by JacobsWyper Architects Philadelphia Office, with anticipated completion in 2023.

“Being able to partner with the National Liberty Museum to help make their transformation process a reality through the strategic revisioning of their historic building has been a privilege,” said David Searles, AIA, LEED AP, Partner at JacobsWyper Architects. “The completion of these renovations will modernize the space and create a much-needed dynamic event and program area for the people of Philadelphia and its visitors to experience and enjoy.”

As part of an upcoming phase in the transformation process, the Museum will begin an interpretive planning and rebranding process, engaging with diverse community and stakeholder groups to reimagine the Liberty Museum as a center of dialogue and reflection. This interpretive planning process is envisioned alongside a total redesign of the building, based on learnings during this phase of the project.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we value the incredible progress and momentum under Dr. Arnott’s leadership during this transformative process for the Museum,” said Brian Effron, Board President for National Liberty Museum. “We look forward to seeing these phased plans come to fruition and the great things on the horizon for the National Liberty Museum and its visitors.”

For more information on National Liberty Museum’s Strategic Plan and ongoing transformation journey, visit here.


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