Randall Museum Secures Additional $1.25 Million for Renovation

Media Contact:
Genevieve Antaky, Randall Museum Friends
Public Info: 415-554-9600

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2015) – Randall Museum Friends and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department are pleased to announce that an additional $1.25 million in philanthropic funding has been secured for the revitalization of the Randall Museum. Randall Museum Friends launched the Revitalize the Randall campaign to raise $8 million dollars; it has now secured 85% of this goal. Upon receiving a $5.5 million Nature Education Facilities Project grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Randall Museum Friends decided to raise additional funds to both augment the planned renovation’s scope as well as complement it with investments in program development and related educational materials. The State of California’s grant has been supplemented by generous donations from individuals and foundations, including The Bothin Foundation, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, San Francisco Parks Alliance, and The Harold L. Wyman Foundation. An anonymous civic leader recently gave an amazing $500,000 matching gift.

“This incredible gift is a testament to the Randall’s value to the city of San Francisco and its families,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “It also provides an impetus for others to invest in this high impact, rapid results project today.”

“The Friends are incredibly grateful for the community support the Randall has received so far. We are dedicated to providing the best Randall we can upon re-opening and will work tirelessly to achieve 100% of goal,” explained Beth Roy Jenkyn, Revitalize the Randall campaign chairperson and Randall Museum Friends’ board member. “The Randall’s moment is now. We hope that community members take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity that our matching grant provides. We appreciate each and every gift regardless of its size. Together, we will give the gift of revitalized Randall back to the children and the families of San Francisco and the larger Bay Area.”

Gifts of $500 and more will be prominently recognized in the new Randall. Beautiful hand-made tiles featuring the Randall’s beloved animals or unique activities will recognize gifts of $500 to $4,999. Gifts of $5,000 and above will be recognized on the barn door donor recognition wall in the lobby entrance to the new exhibits.

Community members interested in donating to this exciting campaign can do so in person at the Randall, on the Randall’s website – www.randallmuseum.org, by phoning Randall Museum Friends office at 415-554-9681 or by mailing a donation to Randall Museum Friends, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114.

The Nature Education Facilities Project grant will provide the live animals that inhabit the Randall with habitat-based enclosures, study stations that will allow for a deeper dive into environmental, scientific and arts-based topics, and many much needed improvements to the 64-year-old building. Philanthropic funds will refresh and expand classrooms, programs and exhibits, and add distinctive architectural elements.

Some highlights of the planned improvements include:

  • A distinctive Lobby that will welcome visitors and showcase changing exhibits
  • The Garage, a brand new STEAM lab, will feature hands-on experimentation opportunities with state-of-the-art technological tools
  • The Natural Sciences Lab will encourage visitors to look deeper into nature using the scientific method in an expanded and renovated setting
  • The Buckley Redwood Room will host a variety of groups and special events in a stunning setting; revenue will be re-invested in programming
  • The Grove – this sculptural tree wall will showcase specimens and artifacts while housing raptors in its branches
  • The Randall Room – a revitalized space for large group classes, field trips and summer camps
  • Café Josephine – a new food concession will allow for longer, more enjoyable visits and feature healthy fare
  • The Ceramics Lab – our enlarged and refurbished ceramics studio will offer more varied classes in a roomier environment

About the Randall Museum & the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department:

The Randall Museum, located at 199 Museum Way at Corona Heights Park, is owned and operated by San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department with a mission to inspire creativity, curiosity, and a love of learning about the world around us. In fulfillment of this mission, the Museum offers an integrated program of arts and sciences to children, youth and adults through opportunities for hands-on learning and recreation, focusing on the cultures and environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about the Randall Museum the public may call 415-554-9600 or visit www.randallmuseum.org.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community. For more information about SF Rec and Park please visit www.sfrecpark.org.

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