Maine Discovery Museum 

Staff at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor say admission has declined since the museum opened 10 years ago. Executive Director Andrea Stark believes it’s a combination of many things — the economy, fear of swine flu, and school budget costs. She says,”We’ve had a number of cancellations. We’ve had schools book us and then they just can’t get the funding to come.” The museum is privately funded and relies on donations. Admissions cover about one third of the museum’s operating costs. The museum has reduced staff and closed the store. In an effort to bring people in, the museum is running a promotion, Tuesday through Friday until February 12th, where admission is only five dollars.