Knoxville Science Museum (current Safety Building)

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The Clayton Family Foundation is proposing to design, build and operate a $100 million state-of-the-art world-class educational science and discovery center, tentatively named the Knoxville Science Museum.

The foundation's investment also includes a $50 million endowment to support the science museum's operations.

Businessman and philanthropist Jim Clayton has signed a development agreement with the City of Knoxville to build the museum near the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, on or adjacent to property where the Safety Building now sits.

The dilapidated and outdated Safety Building will be razed, and the Knoxville Police Department and City Court will be moving into a new North Knoxville complex off Broadway, along with the Fire Department and Pension System offices.



• Agreement with Volkert - 11/10/18 [PDF]


• Purchase Sale and Agreement with Metro Knoxville HMA, LLC - 05/31/19 [PDF]

• Agreement with Quantum Environmental - 05/31/19 [PDF]

• Agreement Letter from BarberMcMurry - 07/03/19 [PDF]

• City Council Workshop - 07/12/19 [PDF]

• Amendment on Agreement with Volkert - 07/30/19 [PDF]

• Development Agreement between the City and Clayton Family Foundation - 07/31/19 [PDF]

• Future Police and Fire Headquarters


• City Pursuing New Site for Police and Fire Headquarters - 08/16/18

• New Science Museum, Police/Fire HQ Announced in Mayor Rogero's State of the City - 04/27/18