For a River Heritage Museum at Grand Canyon National Park

Museum Proposal

The Grand Canyon River Heritage Coalition strongly supported the National Park Service’s prior vision for a state-of-the-art river heritage museum to be housed in the old Laundry Building, one of the principal historic buildings at the Park’s South Rim. This striking stone structure is located in an attractive, conspicuous, and easily accessible site just south across the railroad tracks from the Bright Angel Lodge.  The following architectural materials help describe the original museum proposal.

Unfortunately, the Grand Canyon National Park superintendent and his staff have since declined to move the effort forward, citing new objectives and competing priorities. Unless and until the National Park Service decides to revisit the question of redeveloping the South Rim historic district with an emphasis on expanding interpretative visitor opportunities, as opposed to concessioner managed and directed commercial business development, the river heritage museum effort cannot move forward.

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