Western Development Museum cuts hours to save money
Published Tuesday, March 27, 2012 7:48AM CST
The province's most popular museum will close its branches one day a week for the rest of the year in an attempt to save money.
The Western Development Museum, which operates branches in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Yorkton and Moose Jaw, did not receive any additional funding in last week's provincial budget.
Executive director Joan Champ says more money is needed just to cover rising costs for things such as utilities and salaries. Museum officials say little or no increase in grant funding during the past several years has led to a $400,000 operating deficit.
Museum branches are normally open seven days a week but will now closing their doors on Mondays to cut costs.
The Western Development Museums operates with a $5-million annual budget, with the provincial government providing $4 million in funding.