Children’s museum needs more than $100K
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | June 28, 2017
Sometime in the future, children and families will be able to explore interactive displays at a children’s museum beside the Old Victoria Street School in Haliburton.
In October, 30 people completed a survey as part of a feasibility study for the launch of the Haliburton Children’s Museum. Only one person was vehemently against it and a couple were doubtful it would work, according to project liaison Leora Berman.
“The data we collected from all the statistics, research and the community survey was overwhelmingly supportive of having a children’s museum,” she said. “That was really great news.”
For the past 10 years, it’s been her dream to bring a museum to Haliburton. It would not only unite children and their parents but also engage them with the senior population.
The museum will be on property owned by Community Living off Victoria Street. Its theme is growth—from one’s own physical changes to the transformations that occur in the environment around them.
In an earlier interview, Berman explained it would also tie into the organization’s mandate, part of which is to integrate people with disabilities in the community.
The project will be feasible, but only if it operates three days per week, she said.
The total cost, including the first year’s operating budget, is estimated at between $147,000 and $177,000. This includes $50,000 to erect a 400-square-foot portable structure and $30-60,000 for the interactive exhibitions. The annual operating budget is pegged at $67,000, which includes two full-time staff. Community Living will cover overhead expenses, she said.
Berman will try to secure $110,000 of that with annual endowments and sponsorships. She said the Trillium Lakelands District School Board has taken an interest in the project.
Admission will be $2 per child (ages six to 14) and $3 per adult.
Berman has partnered with Museum Planning Partners in Waterloo. Their team has experience working in museums, and arts, cultural and heritage organizations.
“We’re part of this network, so that’s a really cool thing,” she said.
There is no target date to open at this time. It will depend on how the fundraising campaign goes.
Community Living will issue tax receipts for donations, said Berman.
To learn more about the project, visit haliburtonchildren.ca.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.