FRANKLIN — The Miners Hall Museum closed its doors last week, but only for a short period of time.

The museum’s board of trustees, along with volunteers, are working to give the museum a thorough makeover. The work includes moving displays, painting and more. Board of Trustees Co-chair Linda Roberts said the reason for the renovation started as wanting a fresh look.

“We had our five year anniversary this year,” Roberts said. “We thought it was time to take another look.”

The group has been frosting the back of glass exhibit cases, putting up fresh paint and rearranging. The new layout will downsize temporary exhibits — such as the museum’s rotating quarterly exhibit — and put a heavier focus on permanent exhibits.

With the renovations also come new exhibits.

“By expanding we can add some items that we didn’t have room for before,” Roberts said. “We’ve got several new things we are finding space for to spice up our selection.”

Roberts said the new layout will also be arranged with the future in mind, opening up more wall space and room on the museum floor for adding items.

“This will allow us to make more efficient use of our space and continue to grow,” she said.

The new floor plan will be mostly settled and ready for viewing Monday, when Miners Hall will debut its new quarterly exhibit, which focuses on Irish heritage in southeast Kansas.

“We’ll be ready for people to come check out the new exhibits, new look and learn more about our area,” Roberts said.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.