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Las Vegas Museum Closing

After 59 years, the Las Vegas Art Museum is getting ready to close its doors. Recent economic woes have dramatically reduced the amount of donations to the museum, and now they say they'll have to close their doors.

The museum will close with the Sahara West Library this Saturday, and for the first time, members don't know when they will re-open.

Four years ago the museum turned its focus to contemporary art, displaying exhibits like L.A. Now, a showing of about 20 different artist offering everything from paintings to sculptures.

Although the museum has a thousand members and many devoted members of the community, they recently announced the current economic situation has forced them to close their doors, but with a hope it will not be forever.

"Our hope is to keep the entity alive and, if I might say, on cryogenics as it were, so that at the right point and time, perhaps when all of this economic malaise finally subsides, we can reemerge more than likely much stronger," said Patrick Duffy with the museum.

The museum currently has nine full time and five part time employees, along with more than 100 volunteers that work to keep the museum running. The museum closing is not only hard for them but for an entire community.


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