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CMOE Unveils Musical Garden

Isaiah Seibert

A new exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Evansville aims to enhance the sights and sounds of downtown.

Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke tried out some new drums. They’re part of CMOE’s Musical Garden, officially unveiled Friday.

It’s the museum’s first outdoor exhibit. Sidewalk art meanders in front of the museum’s entrance, and musical instruments of all shapes and colors line Fifth Street.

Credit Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

"It’s vibrant, it’s very welcoming, and it’s energizing," says CMOE executive director Stephanie Terry. "We’re hopeful that anyone that comes by has access to free play."

Terry says the museum wanted to keep up with the growth in that part of downtown. It’s only a few blocks away from the recently opened medical school and within sight of the Deaconess Clinic currently under construction.

She says the museum has invested a million dollars over the past few years, and is on track to admit a record 80,000 visitors this fiscal year