Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on the obsolete Maine State Museum building and the la

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

7-1-2007

Pages

21-24

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on the obsolete Maine State Museum building and the lack of funding available to renovate it or build a new facility. The institution also lacks storage, staff, and parking. Attendance has dropped from 132,000 in 1990 to 57,800 in 2006. Almost 90 percent of museum space is dedicated to permanent exhibits, the most recent of which is ten years old. Temporary exhibits stay up for five years, and there is little for traveling shows. State money "keeps the doors open" but does not underwrite new exhibits. Director Joseph "J.R." Phillips has raised almost $3.5 million in the past five years from private donors.

Subjects

Maine State Museum, Fund raising

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