FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Museum of the North will consider adopting new policies and programs in order to reverse its declining attendance rate. The museum — located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus — has lost more than a quarter of its visitors since 2008, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.
Officials say that the recession helps explain the museum’s declining attendance; since 2008 tourism rates have fallen throughout Alaska, and out-of-state visitors have been a consistent source of patronage for the museum.
To make up for lost revenue from tourists, museum administrators want to make the museum more attractive to Alaskans.
The museum reduced its admissions for in-state residents in April, and will start offering specialty tours and in-house displays that are aimed at local audiences.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner
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