Black Museum Struggles in Recession
In more sad-but-true news, the Baltimore Museum of African-American History and Culture is struggling, big time.
In the wake of the Great Recession, the Baltimore museum (formally known as the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture) is having a tough time with attendance and reaching fundraising goals.
When the museum first opened in 2005, it opened to nearly 150,000 guests in the first year. Now, the average attendance is only 38,000. Also, the museum’s goal of $2 million isn’t nearly being met.
The Lewis museum isn’t alone. Many museums find it difficult to stay open to the public during national financial hardships. The Detroit Institute of Arts recently refinanced and is now partially funded by state taxes.
Do you have hope for the Lewis?