Bishop Museum announced today it will reduce the Museumâ€™s public hours and reduce its personnel expenses in light of the continuing adverse economic conditions facing the State, the community and especially non-profits in Hawaii. These cuts will include:
- Closing Bishop Museum to the public each Tuesday.
- Temporarily ceasing public operations at its Hawaiâ€˜i Maritime Center.
- A combination of personnel expense cuts that will include layoffs and furlough of staff in an effort to reduce the institutionâ€™s operating expenses.
These measures will take effect May 1st.
â€œThis decision was and remains very difficult,” said Timothy Johns, President & CEO. “With recent cuts in State funding, loss of income from investments, and a continued decline in non-resident visitors, the Museum must adjust to reduce its operating expenses.
â€œAlthough the economic climate creates many uncertainties, we are committed to continuing to serve the community and provide world-class programs, research, and exhibits.â€
Bishop Museumâ€™s mission is to study, preserve, and tell the stories of the natural and cultural history of Hawaiâ€˜i and the Pacific. It is the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History and holds 24 million cataloged objects.