The popular Poughkeepsie-based Mid-Hudson Children's Museum has spent a few years quietly planning an expansion. Those plans could be inching closer to reality after the Dyson Foundation selected the museum's vision for a new science center in two historic, but vacant, buildings along the Poughkeepsie waterfront.

According to a press release, the Dyson Foundation submitted a request for proposals (RFP) on the property. The museum's proposal was selected because it "offered a compelling plan for the restoration and re-use of two historically significant buildings." The Reynolds and Hoffman houses will be transformed into a science center if plans ultimately move forward.

The Hoffman house could cater to kids 5-12 and feature interactive science exhibits. The Reynolds house would become a community-curated museum that focuses on issues at the cross-section of science and society. The museum pavilion would become a food hub focusing on the culinary arts.

If you're thinking of the paying the museum a visit, they're open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30AM-5PM and on Sundays from 11-5PM.

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