A Detroit Museum Returns
Amid all the angst about black-hole school budgets and the bluster from dueling politicians playing "chicken" with the city parks, it's nice to be able to note the return of the Detroit Children's Museum. After being shut down last year due to cost-cutting measures by the Detroit Public Schools, the museum has reopened with what's described as a new "hands-on approach" to most exhibits, which include artifacts such as masks, dino fossils and dioramas.
Significantly, the 93-year-old museum is no longer operated by DPS.
The Detroit Science Center now operates the museum under a 10-year agreement that is expected to save the state's largest district US$11.9 million.
"The Detroit Children's Museum was not a core part of our operations," Robert Bobb, the district's state-appointed emergency financial manager, said in statement.
"The museum needed to be given the stability of not being in the annual school budget cycle."