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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Museums Bring Tourists

One of the keys to creating tourism with a museum is to find a topic with wide appeal. A museum of local history, for instance, would not stand alone as a tourist destination.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which opened in August, honors a part of history that is both important to the Cincinnati area where it is located and has a wider audience.

The idea of an of an Underground Railroad museum, perhaps a traveling museum, was first suggested at a meeting of the Cincinnati chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The idea grew from there and the center ended up raising $60 million from private donations (there were a number of celebrity donors) and $50 million from public sources, including the Department of Education.

http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/smithsonian/issues04/dec04/free.html

http://www.freedomcenter.org

2 Comments:

Blogger Brandon W. Smith said...

Just thinking on the spot here, but I wonder if an Immigration museum, focusing on, but not limited to the massive influx of German and Irish settlors would have a big enough draw? That would certainly tie into regional history and be interesting to lots of folks in the Midwest. Outside of the German and Irish core, you could easily tie in African-Americans, Scandinavians, Latin Americans, etc. Could actually serve as a type of cultural center as well, if done right.

In fact, part of the description of the City Flag ("Standard") reads:
"white shield edged in gold, symbolic of the character and courage of the varied nationalities of our ancestors,"

Just a random idea...

5:20 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

I think the Immigration/multi cultural museum is a great idea. Make it interactive and very kid friendly and I think it would really draw people in.

8:34 PM  

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