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Manitoba Museum presents 20th consecutive balanced operating budget

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The Manitoba Museum had made a little history of its own by marking its 20th year of balanced budgets.

Museum officials presented the 20th consecutive balanced operating budget to its membership and funders at an annual general meeting last night.

"I am proud to announce our 20th consecutive year with a balanced budget," says Claudette Leclerc, CEO of the Manitoba Museum.

"Despite the challenging economic landscape and governments of all levels focused on fiscal restraints, the tireless efforts of our dedicated museum staff, volunteers and board of governors helped us to sustain our financial record of 20 years."

The operating budget was $5.5 million, and the museum concluded its fiscal year with a surplus of $174,159.

The museum welcomed 239,684 visitors through its doors in the last fiscal year, including 84,296 school children, and the website broke its all-time record with 116,868 unique visits.

This year also marked the start of Alloway World Exhibits, a new long-term fund dedicated to bringing travelling exhibitions to town, among them Circus! Science Under the Big Top. It attracted more than 21,300 visitors. The next AWE exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed, is to open Oct. 4.

Exhibits in the last year also included temporary exhibitions on conservation and Wildlife: A Tribute to Clarence Tillenius, inspired by the death of the renowned Canadian artist who left a legacy of five dioramas in the museum galleries.

"This is an exciting time at The Manitoba Museum, said Jeoff Chipman, president and CEO of Stevenson Group Inc., the new chairman of the museum board.

The Manitoba Museum is a charitable, not-for-profit organization. The province is its primary benefactor, but the museum needs to secure funding for 42 per cent of its operating budget through earned revenue and fundraising initiatives.

 

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