El Paso Exploreum to Close at End of 2015
The El Paso children's Exploreum museum is set to close at the end of the year.
According to an email sent out to museum-goers, the museum did not have enough funds to support annual costs. The following is the letter in its entirety:
Dear El Paso Exploreum supporters:
It’s very sad for all of us at The El Paso Exploreum Children’s Museum to announce that we will be closing our doors at the end of the year. This was a difficult decision, but the museum can no longer cover all annual operation costs. Attempts to secure adequate city, community, foundation and corporate support have failed. As the city continually postponed plans for the Quality-of-Life bond issue projects that include a new children’s museum, the Exploreum’s founders were left without a way to execute a planned exit strategy developed 10 years ago. That strategy entailed partnering with the city in a public-private venture in which the city would assume at least $200,000 in annual operating costs, hiring a nationally recognized executive director and supplementing the board with major funders.
We want to thank all of our sponsors, members, volunteers and visitors, especially area school districts, who have supported our mission throughout the years.
El Paso Exploreum children’s museum will close its doors on December 30, 2015.
The Exploreum was originally opened in 2006 as a non-profit organization. The city still has the Insights museum. They have some great events coming up, so don't miss them.