The John James Audubon Center Closes For Winter Construction
The John James Audubon Center will close to the public on Monday, November 27, 2017 and reopen in April 2018. During this period the buildings, parking and roadway will be closed to the public; however, the Audubon Loop (part of the Montgomery County Multi-Use Trail) will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists weather permitting.
This temporary closure is intended to keep the public safe during a period of heavy construction on a new 18,000 square foot visitor center. The single story building, which will house the County’s world-class collection of John James Audubon art along with interactive exhibits celebrating birds, is scheduled to open in April 2019.
“Unfortunately, there is only one narrow roadway in and out of the site,” said Jean Bochnowski, Director of the John James Audubon Center. “We need to allow for the delivery of steel, concrete and large equipment, as well as the installation of utilities, without posing a danger to visitors or causing unnecessary damage to the grounds.”
Officials expect that visitors will be able to see the new building rising from the ground when the Center reopens in April 2018. In addition, a new restroom adjacent to the barn, and a new home for the site’s non-releasable bird ambassadors will be completed.
The John James Audubon Center is a public/private partnership between Montgomery County and National Audubon Society. Audubon staff who manage the site will be available throughout the winter to answer questions, book spring field trips, and prepare for the Annual Juried Art Show (April 14-28). Please contact us at 610-666-5593 x101.