Official: YouZeum Will "Cease to Exist"

9 years 10 months 7 hours ago Friday, October 08 2010 Oct 8, 2010 Friday, October 08, 2010 10:42:21 AM CDT October 08, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - YouZeum Board Chairman Michael Szewczyk told KOMU 8 News Friday the children's health-oriented museum "YouZeum" will close its doors permanently as its landlord sells its building to Columbia College. The college announced Friday it will move some of its campus programs into the building on Cherry Street next year.

The U.S. Department of Education currently owns the building and approved Columbia College to take ownership of it next year.  Columbia College president Gerald Brouder said the U.S. General Services Adminstration (GSA) still needs to approve the  move.  Szewczyk said he's about 90 percent sure the GSA will make the final approval.

"It's hard to carry out your mission if you don't have a building," Szewczyk said.

According to the YouZeum's web site, its mission is: "To improve personal, family and community health by reaching a large, diverse audience with an engaging approach to health education."

At a news conference Friday, Columbia College President Gerald Brouder announced that the college's nursing program and online education administration will move into the building on Cherry Street next year. 

It took more than five years to develop and construct the YouZeum in downtown Columbia.  The museum opened in 2008.

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