The new ProMedica Museum of Natural History at the Toledo Zoo will open to the public on Friday. The brand new attraction will officially open following a short ceremony at 9:30 a.m. hosted by 13abc’s Jeff Smith and Sashem Brey.
The new Museum focuses on biodiversity, or the variety of life in the world. The first floor begins with prehistoric Ohio and then becomes a walking tour of the various habitats found along Lake Erie following the Ice Age. The second floor ties Ohio to species and habitats around the globe through venom and arthropods. In addition, the second floor is home to Nature in Hand, a hands on library of bones, pelts and taxidermy, along with The Mazza Gallery, featuring animal, zoo and nature themed children’s book illustrations. Along with exhibit space, the new facility also features a brand new rental facility, The Great Hall, which can accommodate weddings, parties and gatherings of up to 200.
Throughout the renovation process, which began in June of 2017, the footprint of the historic WPA-era building was kept intact. With the addition of the two-story greenhouse on the front and Prairie greenhouse on the back, the new facility totals 74,500 square feet.
Entry to the new Museum will be included in Toledo Zoo admission and hours of operation will be the same as the Zoo.