Fourteen years ago, when Cecil Underwood was governor, state officials decided to replace the small museum inside the Culture Center with a modern, state-of-the-art facility.
Construction took 10 years and $17.6 million - triple the original appropriation of $5.5 million.
And the museum opened without the Disney-like animatronics that officials promised.
As it nears its fifth anniversary next year, the museum may finally get its animatronics in the form of talking animals, including a cardinal (the state bird) that would help guide visitors through the various displays.
This is a wonderful development. Even more attractive exhibits would be nice additions to the State Museum and the additions would dovetail nicely with activities for students at the Clay Center.
Such technology would help educate tour buses of schoolchildren who visit the capital each year.
Then maybe museum officials could do something they should have done all along and charge admission. Even a token fee of $1 would be welcomed relief for state taxpayers.