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Long Beach : Children's Museum Move

August 27, 1987

The Long Beach Children's Museum plans to move from the Marina Pacifica mall to the downtown Long Beach Plaza mall by Sept. 1, museum officials have announced.

"The move will help us bring together the cultural diversity that exists in the city of Long Beach," said Liz Kennard, co-founder and business manager of the museum.

The museum has had more than 48,500 visitors since it opened two years ago. By moving downtown, Kennard said, it will more than double its exhibition space to 5,000 square feet and attract a greater variety of people.

The new space is being donated by the mall, Kennard said. The museum will close for about six weeks after the move so that the site, on Long Beach Boulevard, can be remodeled at a cost of $160,000. At a press conference this week, museum officials opened a campaign to raise the money.

Kennard said Long Beach Plaza will serve as an interim location while the museum searches for a permanent 20,000-square-foot facility, which it hopes to occupy by 1993.

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