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What Went Wrong With the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles from Birth to Death

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Now we zip back to the coast from which we started earlier this day that’s become all about museums for some reason, but this time we head over to Los Angeles to follow up on a story from last week about the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles, which was recently forced to close its doors before it was even able to open them. The LA Daily News offers up a terrific examination of just what went wrong, or rather, the great number of things that went wrong along the way in a nearly ten year process of moving across town and into a new building. This includes the museum’s directors deciding to go with flashy architecture and green building practices, which forced the proposed cost up some nearly $70 million, to constant running troubles with government officials, to the museum’s final breaking straw in failing to grab a big $10 million dollar donation. It’s a really interesting look at the process from inception to destruction and likely a good thing to read about what to expect if you’re thinking of expanding your museum anytime soon.

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