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Saying Goodbye to the Brogan Museum

By: Eyewitness News; Mike Springer Email
By: Eyewitness News; Mike Springer Email

Tallahassee, FL -- January 13, 2012 --

The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science opened its doors to visitors for what could be the final time today

It's sat on the corner of Pensacola and Duval for nearly 14 years. And over those years, everything from pieces of the Titanic to the works of Rembrandt and Monte have passed through its doors. But now, those doors and a chapter of Tallahassee's history are coming to a close.

"When I do my last close for the register and do my close for the museum, it will be like wow, I'm not coming to work tomorrow," says Sarah Gladwin, a Brogan employee.

In December, the decision was made to close the museum due to its financial troubles. It's decision that's sadden many.

"In that movie 'A League of Their Own' Tom Hanks says, there's no crying in baseball. Well, there's been a lot of crying in the museum world," says Chucha Barber, CEO of the Brogan.

For some, Friday was the first time and final time they've experienced the Brogan. Leaving them hoping for its return.

"This seems like a great museum to have around in the community. It seems very educational. I hope one day they may bring it back," says Kerly Chirinos

And the Brogan may be back someday. A meeting was held Friday afternoon to discuss the museum's future. With the possibility it may reinvent itself and one day return.

"Maybe we become a children's museum. Maybe a digital resource for people to learn about ipads and iphones and itouches or may it's some combination there of," says Barber.

Barber says some of the exhibits that had been on loan to the museum will be returned to their owners. While some of the Brogan's own exhibit may find a new home at another museum

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Tallahassee, Florida - January 13, 2012 -

A Tallahassee cultural landmark is closing its doors for good.

The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science has been a cultural fixture here for 14 years. From its Titanic Exhibit to various other exhibits, its provided a wide variety of cultural perspectives and experiences for people in the area.

Watch our LIVE interview with Chucha Barber, Chief Executive Officer of the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science.

The museum will remain open until 5PM today. There is meeting tonight at 4 to discuss how to reinvent the property.


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