Georgia Children's Museum in Macon to close | News
The Georgia Children's Museum in downtown Macon is closing permanently.
Executive Director Mary Cay McCullough says the museum's last day of operation will be Friday.
"We wish to thank the Middle Georgia community for the support shown over the last six years as we have served over 25,000 guests including 6,000 children for school field trips," McCullough stated in a news release. "We have relished our role in helping to educate the children of Middle Georgia."
"We have struggled. We have always struggled," McCullough told 13WMAZ on Thursday.
The organization sold their building at 382 Cherry St. a year ago and their lease was up.
"We figured this was probably a good placed to end it," McCullough said. Financially "we've done much better in the past year. ... We were not going forward in the way we wanted. We could not line up the funding to offer the services we wanted."
The museum is closed Thursday because there is a problem due to construction upstairs that has knocked out their heat. They intend to be open Friday for the final day, McCullough said.
McCullough said they've received $25,000 each year from the city, over the past three or four years. This allows Macon to have free admission on certain days.
She said she has asked the city for more funding to help with costs.
"It would have always been helpful to have those basic operating costs covered. But again, I understand we were the new kid on the block," she said.
McCullough says they were grateful for what they received, even though they could barely pay monthly expenses.
Last year they collected around 20 thousand in donations.
They plan to liquidate the exhibits to pay all their outstanding bills.
"So that we can close with a zero balance and we're confident that we can do that," said McCullough.
The museum opened in 2008, but grew out of an earlier arts and montessori program.
It was closed Thursday due to a heating problem.
McCullough said they expect to open Friday for their final day.