There is nothing on the website about the centennial museum other than perhaps the word “centennial” that was tacked onto the name. There have been no press releases about the centennial museum since the Governor’s original one over a year ago. There has never been any kind of a public announcement by the AHS. The Arizona Centennial Commission used to have the centennial museum on their website as their “number one signature project”, but that has disappeared. Neither the AHS nor the centennial commission will answer questions about the centennial museum. Even the fund drive has not been publicized. Exactly how do you raise money in secret?
Why the secrecy? Is the AHS afraid to promote their $10 million plus new wonder of Arizona?
Are they afraid that they will be subjected to extensive media ridicule as they were when they built the failed Marley Center Museum (Tempe)?
Are they afraid it will fail before it is built, like their History Museum at Rio Nuevo (Tucson)?
Are they afraid the public will be enraged over millions spent on another non essential history museum in the midst of a financial crisis?
Are they afraid Arizonians will resent their sole source out of state contractor?
Are they afraid there will be a public outcry over the loss of K-12 science education programs?
Are they afraid that public will become aware of their relatively large staff and $6 million taxpayer subsidy?
Whatever the reasons, the centennial museum began is secrecy (reinforced with gag orders) and continues in secrecy.
It is time for the “enhancement” of the historic and top rated mineral museum to be brought into the sunlight.