July 30, 2013

Maine museums to help museum efforts in Newtown

The six will accept donations Thursday to support a children's museum planned in Connecticut.

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA  — Six museums in Maine are raising funds for a museum being planned for the Connecticut town where a gunman fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators at an elementary school.

The Museums are encouraging visitors that day to make donations in support of the Newtown Children's Museum, and some of the participating museums are additionally donating a portion of their admissions from that day to the EverWonder Children's Museum. Plans to build the museum predate last December's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but the effort has gained momentum since the shooting.

Maine's museum community says it's banding together in support of that effort.

Participating museums are the Maine State Museum in Augusta, the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.

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CORRECTION: This story was corrected July 30 to say that the museums will encourage visitors to contribute to a planned Newtown, Conn., museum and some museums will donate a portion of their admissions that day toward the museum.

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