Friday, August 7, 2015
The prior post reported details on the absurd AHS claim that it would cost $2.1 million to reopen the mineral museum. In addition to that, the AHS asked for $294,500 per year to operate the reopened museum. The first level breakdown of those costs is as follows:
Basic Mineral Museum Annual AHS Operating Costs
Tour Add on Program $5,000
Community Events $3,000
One Day Workshop $5,000
Educator Nights $2,000
Traveling Exhibits $30,000
Virtual Exhibits $15,000
Education Curator (staff) $56,000
Online Database Renewal $1,500
General Operating Supplies $20,000
Collections Curator (staff) $63,000
Museums Director (staff) $84,000
Note that the above costs do not include the building rent.
The former mineral museum was far more successful than any existing AHS museum. Why does the AHS think they would have to triple the management staff to reopen it (director, collection curator, and education curator)?
The total cost for operating the former mineral museum was the salary for the curator (only one) and the use of the historic, state owned building. So, the AHS, which has never produced a museum anywhere nearly as successful as the former mineral museum, wants about 6 times the operational funding the mineral museum received previously to reopen it.
Is waste on this extreme scale typical of all existing AHS facilities?