NAPLES, Fla. - Nine years in the making, the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples is giving its first look inside the 30,000 sq. foot facility.
"We had 88 phone calls the other day asking when we're opening," said Joe Cox, the Executive Director of the museum who has some pretty high expectations.
"I think we're gonna be generating close to a $10 Million economic impact here in southwest Florida."
The museum's directors believe 30% of visitors will be from outside Collier County.
On Saturday, local teachers go an early look. Many of them are already planning to return soon. Cox says field trips are already booked solid through 2012.
"I think anything that has a strong vision, a strong mission and an incredible Board of Directors, which we're very fortunate to have, can succeed," Cox said.
Construction began more than three years ago. Planning started as far back as 2002.
Inside there are 12 exhibits exploring different educational topics, from Mother Nature's House to a Journey Through the Everglades.
"Our art gallery is something that we haven't seen any other children's museum is," Cox said, "have a really great collection of American art featuring children and animals."
"And most importantly it's hung at the kids height."
Museum memberships are still available. Members will get an early look on the 25th and 26th of this month. The museum will open to the public on February 28th.