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Joint Committee on Finance Supports Funding of New Museum in Capital Budget


By - Jun 9th, 2021 08:26 am

MILWAUKEE – The following statement was issued today by Milwaukee Public Museum President & CEO Dr. Ellen Censky:

Our most gracious thanks to the Joint Committee on Finance of the Wisconsin State Legislature, who today voted to include $40 million of bonded funds toward a new, state-of-the-art natural history museum in the bi-ennial state budget.  This budget approval is the necessary funding catalyst for securing the future of the state’s natural history museum, ensuring the sustainability of this treasured institution for residents of the state of Wisconsin.

The State of Wisconsin, through an act of legislation in 1882, brought the museum into existence. 140 years later, this decision reiterates the State’s commitment to protecting the more than four million objects and specimens in our care for preservation, research and exhibition and ensuring Wisconsinites have access to this exceptional educational resource for generations to come.

The State’s investment in this project enables us to proceed with design and development plans and provides the necessary foundation for private investment, which will fund the majority of the project’s cost. We are thankful to the members of the Joint Committee on Finance for recognizing the importance of this statewide institution to Wisconsin’s past and its future.

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