ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Call it a sign of the times. A family favorite and one of the biggest attractions in the state is now closed on Tuesdays.
The museum had always been open seven days a week. And although staff says the situation is unfortunate, they’re trying to find a bright side to it.
“It’s no secret that you know, the state has some budget issues,” said Margie Marino the Director of the New Mexico Natural History Museum.
Marino said state budget cuts are the reason there doors are now closed on Tuesdays. But she said they aren’t dwelling on the downside.
“It actually is a lot easier for our staff because that way we can clean the museum and make it really nice for our visitors and we can do the heavy cleaning that we can’t do at other times,” said Marino.
She said they’re trying to take advantage of the extra time.
“We can do evening events more and do afternoon events more,” she said.
The director also said the day off will actually help staff at the museum when they have those evening events.
“We do have limited security and front line staff, and that way, they don’t have to work overtime and we can keep our cost down,” said Marino.
The museum chose their slowest day of the week to close up shop, but that wasn’t enough, they had to raise admission prices too.
“We kept it to a dollar and that’s very minimal, and it’s in line with other museums and what they charge in the area,” said Marino.
She said the one day closure will be reassessed in six months. For now, they’re getting used to the Tuesday closures, but they hope it doesn’t last forever.
The museum has also been trying to draw more visitors after closing hours, with specials events like sleepovers, parties and weddings.