The Cincinnati Museum Center, along with many other non-essential businesses (like art museums, theaters, sports venues, et al) temporarily closed this spring in compliance with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's coronavirus guidelines.
And while the museum has taken many of its experiences online, the absence of admission, membership and event sales has taken a great financial toll.
"During this closure, CMC is losing $1.5M+ each month in operating revenue alone," a press release from museum president and CEO Elizabeth W. Pierce reads. "When society begins to reopen, we know that our visitation will still be restricted and people will slowly resume visiting and engaging in public spaces. Simply put, CMC will face significant earned revenue deficits over the next 6-18 months impacting our operating capacity and philanthropy can be the beacon of hope to lift us up."
The museum is asking for the community's help to continue providing educational experiences to all walks of life. They have a COVID-19 Closure Fund set up for donations, or you can purchase or renew your CMC membership.
"Together, we will get through this. We look forward to reopening our doors when the time is right, welcoming you to explore Maya: The Exhibition, two all-new permanent galleries in the Cincinnati History Museum and the secret world of Ancient Caves – coming soon to our Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater," the press release concludes.
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Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate.