Children's Museum Growing

Children sign a wall at the museum construction site
Children sign a wall at the museum construction site
TAMPA (2009-03-10) -

The view from the new Glazer Children's Museum is worthy of a postcard, with the University of Tampa minarets shining across the Hillsborough River. But the economic picture isn't so clear. The Glazer Family Foundation donated $5 million, Hillsborough County $2 million - and the city donated the land.

Museum Chairwoman Sandy Murman says they've raised $14 million of the $21 million needed. They have secured a bridge loan to finish the construction.

"This economy is going to bounce back," Murman says, "and we have many, many people waiting to make their committments, and we feel very, very positive."

The 53,000 square-foot museum is expected to open next spring. Murman says children's museums have large gate revenues because there's a constant flow of visitors. Organizers estimate it will attract 200,000 visitors a year.

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