The virtual museum is an alternative to the shuttered Mining and Minerals Museum in downtown Phoenix, which closed in April.
The virtual mineral-education museum aims to compensate for the Mining and Minerals Museum, which closed amid budget cuts. But those fond of the museum said the website is a poor substitute for the actual building, which was visited by about 25,000 school children a year.
The museum was closed as part of the consolidation of the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources into the Arizona Geological Survey. The agencies merged last year, and Brewer recently signed a bill merging them in statute.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Virtual museum replaces real thing?
An Arizona Republic news article about the Arizona Experience website includes the following three paragraphs:
The first paragraph may be true if an alternative may be a far less than satisfactory substitute. The second and third paragraphs are clearly untrue, and show that that AHS and the Governor’s office are still providing the news media with bogus information.
The closure of the mineral museum had absolutely nothing to do with budget cuts. The entire mineral museum budget was transferred to the AHS. No money was saved.
The mineral museum was not closed as part of any consolidation. A separate bill, in a prior legislative session, transferred the mineral museum to the AHS. The AHS, not the AZGS, is responsible for the illegal closure of the mineral museum.
These persisting misrepresentations have been debunked many times, beginning with the initial post on this blog.
Digging into state’s history
Virtual museum gives peek into Arizona's mines
The Arizona Republic, page D1, Thursday March 15, 2012