THE Manitoba Children's Museum has posted a surplus for its first full year of operations after a $10-million renovation and expansion.
The non-profit museum located in a former train-repair building at The Forks concluded its fiscal year with a surplus of about $18,000 on an operating budget of about $1.3 million.
The number of visitors increased. Total attendance was more than 167,000, including more than 21,000 schoolchildren, 23 per cent of whom received free admission through the museum's Free2Play access program.
Before the renovation, the facility was attracting about 135,000 visitors annually. Staff had said they hoped to see that number grow to 200,000.
The museum still needs to raise $875,000 to meet its $10-million capital campaign goal.