The Bimeler Museum reopens during Maifest on May 20th. Maifest is a new Zoar festival premiering in 2017, and will feature German beers, food, and speakers. It will center around the grand opening of an art gallery to be housed in the recently refurbished Bimeler Museum. The “Bimeler” was almost destroyed by floods in 2005, 2008 and 2011, and has painstakingly been brought back to life.
The entire building has been rehabilitated over the last few years, beginning with the lifting of the house in 2012 and laying of a new basement and foundation. The exterior brick, once painted white, was sandblasted to remove the color and repaired. A new period porch was added, and some of the original windows and shutters were cleaned and re-applied. It is truly a stately looking building at the corner of the historic Zoar Garden!
Click through the slideshow for the entire transformation of the Bimeler museum. Photos taken from 2012 – 2016 by Holly Thouvenin – used with permission.