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$200M Natural History Museum Planned

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By Steven Totten for Phoenix Business Journal

If plans go accordingly, the public will get to experience and directly interact with some of the rarest and most valuable objects in the world in a new $200M museum.

The items belong to Michael Fleeman, an avid collector and a member of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, who is attempting to open a natural history museum in the Valley.

Fleeman’s nonprofit organization, the LGF Foundation, has already worked with Scottsdale’s Elliot D. Pollack & Co. to create an economic impact analysis, and has been speaking with various city governments to find a site.

Plans call for a 300KSF, three-level, LEED-certified space, which would be called the LGF Museum of Natural History.

The name “LGF” is an homage to Fleeman’s father, Larry Gene Fleeman, who inspired his son to pursue science and collecting at a young age.

Fleeman has spent the past several decades creating a collection of more than 10,000 items, including fossils, gems, meteorites, artifacts and petrified wood, which he was able to fund partly through running a construction company, as well as establishing close relationships with other collectors, scientists and museum curators.

The museum would hold artifacts valued at more than $100M.

The museum would have five halls, dedicated to paleontology, petrified wood and fossils, anthropology, minerals and space/meteorites; water features; an amphitheater; a mini-ride; an indoor theater; a conference center; two gift shops; two chef-driven restaurant concepts; a cafe and a juice bar.

Trevor Pan, a graduate of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, is the architect heading the project…

Read more at Phoenix Business Journal.

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