Vision for the new Knoxville Science Museum takes shape east of downtown

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Nearly a year and a half after East Tennessee businessman and philanthropist Jim Clayton announced plans for the Knoxville Science Museum, his vision came to life Thursday night.

From sleek glass to traditional brick, the multimillionaire unveiled three potential designs for his $100 million project that will complement developments just east of downtown — the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Urban Wilderness and eventually the Urban Wilderness Gateway Park at the end of the James White Parkway.

“I just want everyone to know this gives certainty to the project, that it is moving along. It’s going to take some time to complete the design and to build it,” Clayton said.

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