Raleigh Children's Museums Talk Possible Merger
Posted April 10, 2006 8:41 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Two children's museums in downtown Raleigh are talking about merging.
, a museum that offers interactive play for babies to children age 7, is packed with no room to grow, its director says.
, a museum that works with children ages 8 and older, has space. It would also like to see an increase in its attendance numbers.
Staff members from both museums are working on a plan to merge and say a decision on whether to do so could be made this fall.
"Essentially, what we're trying to do is create a museum where you learn about the world through play," said Playspace Executive Director Julie Paul.
Both Exploris and Playspace use public money to operate. Last fiscal year, Playspace received $15,000 in city grants to help low-income children attend. Exploris received $1 million from Wake County and $100,000 from the state.
In addition, Exploris reduced its prices in March to $5 per person.