THE National Vietnam Veterans Museum’s exciting plans to construct a new purpose-built facility have been unveiled.

As the museum continues to outgrow its current site on Phillip Island, they are looking to construct a new $50m facility at 24 Churchill Road, Newhaven.

This includes:

• Increasing the current floor space from 3700m2 to 5500m2, including flexible exhibition spaces.

• Providing contemporary presentations for visitors, including multimedia experiences.

• Improved air handling, security and fire detection systems.

• Upgraded visitor and community facilities.

• Increasing the museum’s visual profile.

The museum stated the new development is needed as they’re at a critical point in their history.

This includes extreme risk to its collection, with 100 per cent of it at high risk of total loss by fire, and sensitive materials facing significant degradation due to poor storage or display conditions.

Meanwhile, the museum says it is failing to meet the service and experience expectations of contemporary visitors.

The construction of the project will be funded by revenue raised through private donations and potential government funding.

According to the planning application lodged with Bass Coast Shire, the main site access can come from the newly constructed roundabout at the Phillip Island Road and Woolamai Beach Road intersection.

The new site currently consists of three paddocks, previously used for farming.

There are existing dams featured on the site, natural scrub and planting, and a sensitive habitat zone located to the north.

The new museum would see a multi-faceted visitor experience, including multipurpose rooms to hold functions, while helping grow the museum’s school education programs and cater to events.

An on-site cafe/bar/restaurant would also be built.

To view the planning application, visit bit.ly/3FRLbZI.

The museum held a public information briefing earlier this month and will hold another at 7pm on October 22.

If you wish to attend, RSVP to phildressing@vietnamvetsmuseum.org or 0423 058 510.