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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:17

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A decade after its opening, Maine Discovery Museum looks to sustain its future

BANGOR A little more than a decade after opening its doors, the Maine Discovery Museum has been a staple of downtown Bangor's landscape. Its familiar marquee of a toad sitting atop a clock with a paint brush, globe and violin tucked underneath has greeted visitors to the Main Street corridor where, if you stick around long enough, you'll hear its ubiquitous 'ribbit' chime on the hour.

For families living in the greater Bangor area, the museum has become one of the major activity centers for children since it began operating in February 2001. For the city itself, the museum has become one of Bangor's major tourist destinations that attracts thousands of visitors a year.

Built in the lower three floors of the former Freese's Department Store at an original cost of $4.5 million, the museum has treated nearly three quarters of a million visitors in both children and adults alike over the years who have walked through its doors to a variety of exhibits dedicated to learning, discovery and enjoyment. According to Niles Parker, MDM's executive director, the last decade has been a successful one but the next represents a unique set of challenges that has led to the launch of a major campaign to raise funds to reset the museum's operations, and achieve long-term sustainability.

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