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Financially Strapped Science Center Shuts Down For A Bit

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Science Center is resorting to a temporary shutdown to deal with a lack of cash. Center officials said Friday that the Center will close from September 26 through October 12.

Interim President and CEO John Miller said it was a difficult decision, but the closure will allow the museum to conserve operating cash and re-examine the museum’s operations from top to bottom.

In a release, Center officials said they “deeply regret the impact that this closure will have on the many children, families and school groups who enjoy the Detroit Science Center.”

Officials said ambitious initiatives including plans to build two national traveling exhibitions, a public charter middle school and a new 4-D theater put a financial strain on the museum, which was compounded by a worsening economy and decline in philanthropic giving.

For more information on how this closure will affect group trips, memberships and other museum programs, patrons can visit www.detroitsciencecenter.org.

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