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Chapel Hill Museum closes its doors

Posted July 11, 2010

— The Chapel Hill Museum closed its doors Sunday for good because of financial problems.

Due to the recession, the museum has suffered from fewer donations. In April, museum officials requested funding from the town to help keep the building on East Franklin Street open.

The council agreed to help but the amount decided upon was not enough to keep the museum operating, officials said.

The museum opened in 1996 and served about 15,000 visitors annually.




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  • BuglessDuster Jul 12, 2010

    Install a few beer taps. Problem solved.

  • Bon Viveur Jul 12, 2010

    It was a seriously rinky-dinky museum at best, an old library converted into a "museum" by bringing in an old chapel hill fire truck a few old photo's of downtown and some of Alexander Julian's ties. The place always looked half baked and was never a place to see anything of real interest

  • ncwiseguy Jul 12, 2010

    last time i checked, art did not murder, rape, or brutally assault.

  • Raleigh Boys Jul 12, 2010

    No worries. We just invested several million dollars in a new DNA database for North Carolina. Splurging on a database instead of preserving art is what our law makers do best.

  • odell Jul 12, 2010

    15K visitors per year? Not worth keeping open. Half of those were probably the homeless coming in to keep warm in the winter.

  • ncwiseguy Jul 12, 2010

    there is nothing wrong with the chapel hill museum closing. maybe there is a message here to the government types.......you CANNOT be all things to all people. that is UNAFFORDABLE!!!

  • Pseudonym Jul 12, 2010

    Maybe John and Elizabeth Edwards could hold a benefit.

  • BubbaDuke Jul 12, 2010

    Didn't know they had a museum; and if they did, what could CH possibly have that anyone would want to learn about? Maybe that's the real problem - no relevance, no interest.

  • ncguy Jul 12, 2010

    wow! I can't beleive the town would let that happen.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 12, 2010

    Lived here 20+ years. Never knew it existed. Maybe that's why it closed.