- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Santa Fe Children’s Museum is temporarily closing as part of an effort to combat a financial decline.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1ZhI7dQ) that the longtime museum will close for at least one month starting Jan. 4.

Executive Director Michael Hare says the closure will allow time for the museum to craft an overhaul of its operations.

Changes will be made to exhibits, staff, financial management and even the board of directors.

Museum officials made the decision Thursday during a closed board meeting.

No date for reopening has been determined.

The 30-year-old Children’s Museum draws 70,000 visitors annually.

The facility has expanded over the years despite budgetary pressures.

Tax forms from recent years show the museum’s expenses consistently outpace revenue by at least $30,000 each year.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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