The Reading Public Museum is celebrating big changes.
Officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the recently completed renovations of the museum's greenhouse and collections storage annex.
The work, begun in April 2011, included the installation of an electronic security system, replacement of the HVAC equipment and controls and the fire and burglar alarm systems, and upgrading of electrical/generator systems.
“During the re-accreditation process in 2010, we were notified by the American Alliance of Museums that some of our collections storage facilities were not up to par," said John Graydon Smith, the museum's director and CEO. "To comply with their requirements, we renovated the historic structure and now enjoy secure facilities in which to store the entire collection on our own campus."
Upgrades done specifically to the greenhouse improve the building's overall efficiency by approximately 50 percent, officials said.
"By restoring the greenhouse, we are also producing all of the annual plantings for the arboretum on site, thus strengthening our living collection as well," Smith said.
The renovations were made possible with funding from several state agencies, earmarked by a team of Berks County legislators, officials said.