WBEZ | chicago museums http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-museums Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Field Museum offering early retirement to some curators http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/field-museum-offering-early-retirement-some-curators-106359 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr_allisonmeier.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">The Chicago Field Museum is offering early retirement packages for some of its employees. The museum, best known for its research and Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex, is shouldering a heavy debt burden and has been trying to find ways to cut back.</p><p dir="ltr">Field Museum spokeswoman Nancy O&#39;Shea says the museum is offering retirement packages to more than half of its 27 curators. The 16 eligible employees were selected based on age and the length of their employment with the Field. They have until May 10 of this year to decide if they&#39;ll take the offer or not.</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-12/cuts-field-museum-could-diminish-its-international-reputation-104487">The museum announced in December</a> that it was looking for ways to cut $5 million in costs, and boost endowment by $100 million. O&#39;Shea says they&#39;ve already identified ways to trim $2 million from their science initatives without cutting staff, but they&#39;re still looking for another million in cuts. This is the third time in the last five years that retirement incentive offers have been made to Field employees.</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">The museum has said in the past they were also considering admission rate hikes as a possible revenue booster, but O&#39;Shea said she has nothing to announce on that topic.</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><br /></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/field-museum-offering-early-retirement-some-curators-106359 Chicago museums see 2012 bump in attendance http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-museums-see-2012-bump-attendance-105261 <p><p>Attendance increased by about 600,000 at Chicago-area zoos and museums last year.</p><p>Fifteen Chicago-area attractions are members of the Museums Work for Chicago group, which released attendance data on Thursday. The group says attendance was 15.1 million during 2012. That&#39;s up from 14.4 million during 2011, when attendance remained steady from 2010.</p><p>Chicago&#39;s Lincoln Park Zoo topped the list with 3.5 million visitors. Brookfield Zoo had 2.3 million visitors and the Shedd Aquarium had 2.1 million. The Chicago Children&#39;s Museum saw a 10 percent increase and the Chicago History Museum had a 9 percent increase.</p></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-museums-see-2012-bump-attendance-105261 Illinois museums to share $15M in state money http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/illinois-museums-share-15m-state-money-104840 <p><p>Public museums in Illinois will share $15 million in state money for facility improvements and new exhibits.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn announced the funding on Thursday. His office says it will create more than 370 jobs.</p><p>The money comes from the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages the program. About 50 museums, parks, gardens and zoos will receive funding.</p><p>Institutions receiving money include Chicago&#39;s Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo. Washington Park Botanical Garden in Springfield, the Rockford Art Museum, Quincy Art Center and the Peoria Zoo also will receive money.</p><p>This year&#39;s $15 million follows $15 million given to institutions in 2010.</p></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/illinois-museums-share-15m-state-money-104840