Thoroughgood House closing for year-long construction of new visitor center

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Rendering of the new visitor center at 1636 Parish Road (Courtesy of Virginia Beach History Museums)
Rendering of the new visitor center at 1636 Parish Road. (Courtesy of Virginia Beach History Museums)

The Thoroughgood House will close Monday for about a year so a new visitor center can be built.

The new visitor center will have 2,700 square feet — up from 522 square feet — and will include an exhibit area, educational space and restrooms. The staff is working on adding new educational offerings that weren’t possible in the existing center’s limited space, said Matt Klepeisz, a spokesman.

The 1719 Adam Thoroughgood house will remain untouched during construction of the nearby visitor center. The museum’s collection will be moved to a secure, offsite facility during the work and will return upon the completion of the project. The museum staff is unsure of possible rate increases.

“Future admission or program rate increases would be driven by an increase in the cost of delivering the program, not the construction,” Klepeisz said.

The Thoroughgood House and visitor center received 3,243 visitors in the 2015 fiscal year.

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