Despite receiving the complete state mineral museum budget every year since 2010, the AHS closed the mineral museum and scattered its assets across the state in the spring of 2011. Each year since, 40,000 students have been deprived of the K-12 education programs.
Now, as of January 1, 2015, the AHS is offering school tours at their Marley Center Museum (Museum at Papago Park) in Tempe. They have transferred some of the mineral museum assets there and opened what they call a Gallery of Natural History.
The mineral museum provided free educational services to all students and teachers. The AHS wants $4 per student for a watered down version of the mineral museum.
Why do they need to charge students $4 each when they still get the entire mineral museum budget, plus millions more each year from taxpayers?
Perhaps it does not matter. What responsible teacher would take students to a mediocre history museum for a science lesson?