Friends of the Zeiss Statement of
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Internet Web Site: < http://www.friendsofthezeiss.org > 2004 August 30
Good evening, I am Glenn A.
week, I visited the
Due to a drop in
contributions from major donors, COSI sponsored a
referendum last March, which
asked Franklin County, Ohio voters to increase property taxes by one-half mill,
to subsidize the museum. This subsidy would allow
Day, most of the south wing of their new building will close to the public. And, their new planetarium will be
This is the type of thing you
may see happen to the Children’s
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!
To avoid the fate of
the fate of the
* Children’s Museum annual operating deficits, according
to the 2005 grant application of the Children’s
FY 2000: $77,407 ** FY 2001: $206,149 ** FY 2002: $555,559 ** FY 2003: $595,789
FY 2004: $934,869