“We are very excited to see this happen at this point in time," says Dr. Adrian Hunt. “The ability to manage all of the operations within the institution will give us the flexibility to adjust programming of the astronomy center to meet the interests of the public in a cost-effective and efficient manner. This is truly a win-win situation for the Museum and UNM.”
UNM will retain free use of the center for research and educational programs for five years, with an option to renew for another five years. The move is expected to save the university several hundred thousand dollars a year. Incorporating the management of the astronomy center into the current administrative structure of the Museum will not incur a significant increase in operating costs for the Museum.
Located inside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, the
Gary Friedman, President of the Museum Board of Trustees has said, "I am very pleased that the Museum and UNM have been able to work together to reach an agreement for the transfer of the
The changeover from UNM management to Museum management will see some significant programming changes in the coming months. The Virtual Voyages simulator ride will be decommissioned and removed and the programming will become more student and classroom oriented during the public operation periods. In addition, the Museum is interested in updating the current astronomy exhibits and integrating them more fully into the Museum’s ‘Walk Through Time’ exhibit storyline.
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