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December 20, 2012

$18-Million Deal Breathes Life into Stalled L.A. Children's Museum

Los Angeles officials have approved plans to pump $18.1-million into remaking a long-dormant museum that ran aground financially while trying to move into a costly new building, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The deal paves the way for the defunct Children's Museum of Los Angeles to be resuscitated as the Discovery Science Center Los Angeles. The new institution, to be operated by the Discovery Science Center of Santa Ana, Calif., is set to open in March 2015.

The Children's Museum closed in 2000 in anticipation of moving into a new, $21.8-million home on the northern edge of Los Angeles. The 57,000-square-foot building was finished in 2007, but the museum failed to raise the money to equip and manage it.