Jekyll Island Mosiac: The Island, The People, The Legacy
The Brunswick News
January 21, 2015
By Donna Sillinger

The Jekyll Island Museum is in line for a complete makeover and a new identity.

The board of the Jekyll Island Authority gave its seal of approval during its monthly meeting Tuesday for a complete renovation of the Jekyll Island Museum and agreed to change its name to Jekyll Island Mosaic.

The decision paves the way for the Jekyll Island Foundation to conduct a capital campaign for more than $3 million, the amount the project will require.

“We are grateful for the JIA Board’s endorsement of this project and its partnership,” said Jekyll Island Foundation Executive Director Dion Davis. “I am also grateful for the foundation’s board of directors for their support of this. They have started off our campaign with nearly $400,000 in pledges for the museum renovation.”

The remaining funds will be raised from public and private philanthropic sources. The Jekyll Island Authority is also expected to contribute.

With the funds, the museum building, located in the horse stables on the island, will be completely transformed inside and out with new and exciting exhibits, an outdoor education center and much more.

The Jekyll Island Mosaic is expected to have an enhanced visitor experience that will promote the historic district and the island’s preservation efforts. It also will increase educational opportunities for all ages, as well as provide an economic benefit to the island hotels and businesses.

  • Changes planned include:
  • Renovating and redesigning the interior while maintaining its historic structure and character
  • Creating a modern lobby with a convenient welcome desk and iconic visual mosaic stations
  • Combining the island’s natural and cultural history in the main exhibit area with a mini-
         nature walk and boardwalk inside, along with exhibits of historic events, people and cultures
  • Installing hands on learning stations throughout the facility, as well as virtual Red Bug driving and quail hunting exhibits, photo ops, Voices from the Past stations and video recording booths
  • Expanding the retail area
  • Adding an indoor multi-purpose room and an outdoor stage; walking and audio guides; family activity kits; child collection cards and stickers
  • Installing smart phone apps to use throughout the historic district

The Jekyll Island Foundation has begun the quiet phase of fundraising to amass the $3.14 million necessary to complete the project.

It plans to complete the foundation board campaign, submit a funding request to the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, develop naming opportunities in the new museum and broaden donor involvement.

Anyone interested in supporting the effort can contact the foundation.

Reporter Donna Stillinger writes about government and other local topics. Contact her at or at 265-8320, ext. 321.