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MU Art Museums to Move From Main Campus

Posted: Jun 30, 2013 12:04 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Jun 30, 2013 12:04 PM

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The planned move of two University of Missouri art museums from the main campus to a satellite location is raising concerns that fewer people will be able to visit the attractions.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the museums of Art and Archaeology, Anthropology and a museum support center will move to the former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, now known as Mizzou North. The move is part of a $22.85 million project that will include major renovations to Jesse, Pickard and Swallow halls and could be permanent.

Museum boosters say the old hospital will itself need major upgrades to serve as a proper repository for rare and valuable collections. They also worry that the more remote near Interstate 70 will mean fewer visitors and less administrative support.

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