Friends of the Zeiss                                    

P.O. Box 1041                                                                   

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.

Telephone: 412-561-7876

Electronic Mail: < friendsofthezeiss@planetarium.cc >

Internet Web Site: < http://www.friendsofthezeiss.org >

 

                       NEWS RELEASE

 

For immediate release: 2004 August 30

For more information -- Glenn A. Walsh:

                    Daytime: E-Mail < gawalsh@planetarium.cc >

                    Evening: Telephone 412-561-7876

 

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OPERATING BUDGET DEFICIT GROWS TO NEARLY $1 MILLION

TO SURVIVE FINANCIALLY, MUSEUM NEEDS TO ALSO APPEAL TO ADULTS

Pittsburgh, August 30 – According to their 2005 grant application to the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh had a $934,869 operating budget deficit in Fiscal Year 2004, in an annual budget of $2.5 million. This is on top of four previous years of operating budget deficits, including half-million dollar deficits in 2002 and 2003!

In a prepared statement before the RAD Board on Monday evening, Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh said, “Certainly, the Children’s Museum’s revenues will increase with the opening of the expanded museum in November. However, will revenues increase enough to cover the additional costs of operating a facility four times the size of the current museum? I do not think so, do you? To cover the costs of a much larger building, the Children’s Museum needs to appeal to a much wider customer base than their current niche audience.

 

“The return of the historic Buhl Planetarium equipment and artifacts, to the Buhl Planetarium building, would be one way to expand the appeal of the Children’s Museum to adults. Yes, tourists would come to see the oldest operating major planetarium projector in the world!”

Mr. Walsh pointed out that with the closing of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the downsizing of a large Science museum in Columbus, Ohio (including the mothballing of their Digistar II Planetarium), expansion of the Children’s Museum’s mission, to include a greater appeal to adults, may be the only way for the Children’s Museum to avoid closing or major downsizing.

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* Children’s Museum annual operating deficits, according to the 2005 grant application of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to the Allegheny Regional Asset District:

 

FY 2000: $77,407 ** FY 2001: $206,149 ** FY 2002: $555,559 ** FY 2003: $595,789

 

                                    FY 2004: $934,869

 
To read the complete statement, click here:
 
< http://buhlplanetarium4.tripod.com/friendsofthezeiss/ST-ARAD-COSI.htm >
 
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Glenn A. Walsh
Electronic Mail - < gawalsh@planetarium.cc > 
Author of History Web Sites on the Internet --
* Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh: 
  < http://www.planetarium.cc > 
* Adler Planetarium, Chicago: 
  < http://adlerplanetarium.tripod.com >
* Astronomer & Optician John A. Brashear: 
  < http://johnbrashear.tripod.com > 
* Andrew Carnegie & Carnegie Libraries: 
  < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc > 
* Duquesne Incline cable-car railway, Pittsburgh: 
  < http://www.incline.cc >