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USS Yorktown making plans to increase visitor experience

The USS Yorktown is preparing to reinvent itself.

The Patriots Point Development Authority Board has hired MUSAIC Design Group to develop a Museum Experience Master Plan for the USS Yorktown. The project is expected to cost $2 million over the next three to four years.

"The USS Yorktown will turn 70 next year; but the majority of our visitors are a much younger demographic," said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. "They expect a well-rounded experience that incorporates history with the latest technology and this process will allow us to achieve that over a three to four year period."

Burdette says the process will create a new museum experience on the Yorktown that will increase visitation and interest in Patriots Point.

A selection committee chose MUSAIC among nine proposals in part due to the group's experience. MUSIAC has worked with a number of museums and cultural attractions to incorporate interpretive planning, exhibition design, environmental graphic design, and project administration.

"We were impressed by MUSAIC Design Group's experience and enthusiasm for this project," said Susan Marlowe, Chair of the Museum Services Committee. "We look forward to collaborating with their team of experts to modernize visitors' experiences aboard the USS Yorktown."

MUSAIC is expected to create a project that includes graphics, special effects, live programs, audiovisual media, and interactive technology. Yorktown officials say this upgrade will fully transform the Yorktown experience.

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