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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Museum looking to grow

WALTHAM

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The Waltham Museum is moving to its first dedicated space in its 35-year history, but president Al Arena says it's still not enough room to accommodate all the relics and treasures of the city's history.

The museum has spent the past year renovating the first floor of the old police station at 25 Lexington Street, and will move in by the end of the year. Arena said the organization will definitely respond to the city's request for proposals to lease the second floor of the station and two vehicle bays in a neighboring building.

"We've got to have the whole building, for security reasons," said Arena. "The first floor is smaller than what we have now - we can't fit all the exhibits in there."

Among the items Arena hopes to one day include are some of the antique cars made by the Waltham-based Metz automobile company, which manufactured cars from 1903 to 1908. Arena also said that the museum is only about $20,000 short of the $250,000 fund-raising goal they set last year.

They hope to make up some of the difference at a giant yard sale this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 750 Main Street, next to the main Post Office.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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