The Great Plains Museum grand-reopening

The Great Plains Museum grand-reopening

LAWTON, Okla._Dozens of children and their families attended the official grand-reopening of The Great Plains Museum in Lawton Saturday.

The museum gallery had been closed to the public since January, while undergoing a $4.3 million overhaul. The 16,000 square foot gallery is now outfitted with more interactive opportunities. Among the changes children dig in an indoor archeology pit and learn how wind turbines work. Executive Director John Hernandez says the redesign has been a dream of his since he started working at the museum 33-years-ago.

"I cannot tell you the joy. The joy that I have it is incredible. It is an incredible feeling. This museum deserved to have children playing and learning. The citizens of Lawton deserve to have a quality museum and I really feel that, that is what we have now and I am overwhelmed to have it open," said Hernandez.

One of the museum's young guests, 11-year-old America Moreno, came to the museum with her mom and two sisters. Moreno says she learned a lot about the history of the Great Plains, but her favorite part was spending time with her family.

"It's awesome! It is pretty great. I feel like I am hanging out with them like it is Thanksgiving, like a field trip or something like that," said Moreno.

The redesign was paid for with money from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.