It’s been a long time coming, but the former Austin Children’s Museum – now the Thinkery – has finally started to take shape in the Central East Austin Mueller development. Last weekend, despite the deluge, a hoard of supporters came out to support the organization at a sold-out benefit.
Because of the day’s inclement weather, the organizers had to do some fast thinking before making the decision to move the festivities from the tented area outside and into the mostly finished new building. The space seemed cozy even with hundreds of revelers and many of the exhibitions that will be part of the finished museum were already on display for all to enjoy.
A lively auction kept the crowd engaged in between checking out the new digs and sampling food and drinks, which were strategically stationed across the two floors of the new building. Chairs Elizabeth and Zach Anderson, along with their host of vendors and committee members did a great job of making it seem as if the party was planned to be inside all along.
The Thinkery replaces the former museum on Second Street and will be open in December. I know a lot of people (and their kids) are looking forward to the grand opening with great enthusiasm – as was on display Friday night.