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Arizona mining museum in Phoenix closes

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The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum near the State Capitol has closed a month earlier than expected. As the building’s overseer, the Arizona Historical Society had originally planned to shutter the museum at the end of the school year.

Instead, The Arizona Republic reports the Historical Society laid off the museum’s 10 part-time staffers and had the state Department of Administration change the locks.

When the building at 15th Avenue and Washington Street reopens, it will be known as the Arizona Experience Museum, celebrating the events that have shaped Arizona over its 100 years.

For two decades, the mineral museum building has housed specimens and equipment showcasing the state’s mining operations.

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  1. The top rated and historic mineral museum also provided self supporting earth science education programs for tens of thousands of teachers and students each year. That is being scrapped for another museum which, like the Marley Center Museum in Papago Park, will be a flop.

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