Saturday, May 11, 2013
Phoenix museums and education
The program will enable children to visit the Phoenix Zoo, Arizona Science Center, Pueblo Grande Museum, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and Japanese Friendship Garden.
The currently closed Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum would have been a prime candidate for inclusion in the program. It was highly regarded for its educational value and admitted children for free. School busses were once lined up behind the museum nearly every day during the school year. Conspicuously excluded from the program is the AHS Marley Center Museum (AKA History Museum at Papago Park) in Tempe.
Why do Arizona taxpayers provide millions of dollars per year to the Arizona Historical Society to operate a museum that hardly anyone visits and that the local community does not regard as having significant educational value?
Phoenix museum subsidy aids some low-income kids
The Arizona Republic, Monday, 4.29.2013, page B1