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No consolidation seen for museums

February 21, 2006

Albany -- Albany's three primary museums plan to go their separate ways and not pursue a proposal to move to one central site.

Now, representatives from Thronateeska Heritage Center and the Civil Rights Movement Museum say they'd rather expand on their own instead of moving in together.

Thronateeska plans to add a new planetarium exhibit. The Civil Rights Museum plans will expand its current building, and the two facilities plan to work together more.

"Both organizations, both directors while agreeing to not co-locate physically at this time have agreed to talk more about sharing expenses moving forward from an organization standpoint," said Albany Tomorrow, Inc. President Tommy Chatmon.

Chatmon says the two facilities could cut costs by sharing staff.

The Albany Museum of Art plans to move from its Gillionville Road location, which is expected to be bought by Darton College.

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