Brenda LaBonte

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The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's satellite operation in Springfield's Upper Valley Mall is up and running in a new, larger space. Mall officials are hoping the museum will lead to an economic revival. 

Youngsters, Riley and Ben, are at the new Boonshoft Museum, admiring a popular exhibit with the sounds of whistles and bright lights glaring around them. Their grandmother, Joe Johnson, likes the fact that the new museum is at the Upper Valley mall, because she lives in Clark County.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's satellite operation in Springfield's Upper Valley Mall will be moving into a much larger space  in November. The former Elder-Beerman site in the mall will now house the museum.

Boonshoft opened in the Upper Valley Mall in early March with a short term lease to run through the end of August. The plan was to see if the Clark County area would warm up to the museum's only satellite