Fleischmann Auditorium Improvement Project

Since being built in 1938, Fleischmann Auditorium is one of the most used spaces on our campus. The Museum hosts 15 to 20 lectures a year (seating 340 people), along with numerous special events, dinners, and public gatherings. The Auditorium is booked by community organizations at least 15 to 20 times a year, and is frequently rented for private events such as wedding receptions. It also serves as the location for science-based traveling exhibits.

While small upgrades have been made to improve the functionality of the building over the decades, the Auditorium has never been modified in any way that would detract from its original architectural and aesthetic grace. The building is fundamentally sound and the Museum remains committed to preserving the look and feel of this wonderful space. However, the facility is in need of a top to bottom revitalization. Our goals are to both increase visitor comfort and to improve the functionality of the venue for its many and varied uses.

Project Elements

  • Replace heating system
  • Install air conditioning
  • Paint interior and exterior
  • Refinish floors and the stage
  • Install acoustical treatments and new stage curtain, supporting recent AV upgrades
  • The existing lighting system will be upgraded to improve its utility
  • The exhibition cases will be refinished and artifact safe LED lighting installed
  • Motorized window shades and treatments will allow for ease of use and improve energy efficiency
  • The roof will be examined and addressed as needed
  • ADA improvements will provide compliant access to the stage and the existing hearing loop will be repaired
  • A host of smaller repairs and electrical upgrades will enable the Auditorium to better serve its many uses


Planning and permitting:  August 2018 – February 2019
Construction:  February – November 2019

Fleischmann Auditorium