Augusta Museum of History will cut hours

The Augusta Museum of History will reduce its hours to four days a week and close its museum shop and research library starting Feb. 1, Executive Director Nancy Glaser said.

"With the economy the way it is, everybody is being challenged right now from top to bottom," Glaser said. "We're all having to look at how we restructure our facilities to keep the maximum amount of our mission going forward. We've had to prioritize. There's some things that we just can't do anymore until the economy starts turning around."

The museum at 560 Reynolds St. will be closed Monday through Wednesday. New hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

In the past two years, the museum has lost $100,000 in funding, including government funds and money from several foundations, Glaser said. It had already frozen two full-time positions and five part-time positions.

Three part-time positions have been cut, Glaser said. One employee hadn't started working and another was planning to leave because of family needs, so she had to lay off only one part-time worker.

One more full-time position has been frozen, but it was vacant. The remaining staff will include six full-time and two part-time workers.

The museum will continue its scheduled programs through the end of the year.

It will also continue its mission of collecting local treasures, preserving a collection of more than a half-million items and exhibiting material of celebrities such as James Brown. It will also continue providing educational programs, such as Voices of the Past, according to a news release.

"We're hoping that people will be willing to volunteer to help the museum in many of these areas where we've lost part-timers," Glaser said.

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.

NEW SCHEDULE

- Starting Feb. 1, the Augusta Museum of History will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

- The museum shop and research library will be closed.