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July 28, 2012, will be the last day the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal will be open to the public this year before undergoing its final phase of renovations. It will reopen in March 2013.
The Kentucky Military History Museum is operated jointly by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Military Affairs.
The Kentucky Military History Museum reopened to great fanfare on Veterans Day 2011 after interior phases of renovation were completed.
Since November 2007, renovations have included upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning; masonry repair; construction of a new staircase, installation of a fire suppression system and restoration of the wood floors.
During this final phase of both interior and exterior renovations, the Old War Records (pre-1912), managed by the Military Records and Research Branch of the Department of Military Affairs, will return to the State Arsenal; a new main entrance will be created; accessibility of the building, including parking lot, stairs and sidewalks, will be improved; visibility and safety improvements will be achieved by modifying the current retaining walls; and a new landscaping plan will be implemented.
By the time the restoration is complete, the project will have cost more than $2 million. Funding has been provided by the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation and the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund.