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Lewis Museum struggles with attendance, fundraising

Lewis Museum struggles with attendance, fundraising

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, which opened in Baltimore with great fanfare in 2005, has fallen short of attendance and fundraising goals — forcing the state to shore up its finances. During the past five years, annual attendance has averaged 38,000, well short of the 150,000 projected when the Lewis Museum opened, according to data supplied by the museum. Meanwhile, museum officials acknowledge, it has failed to met a state requirement that it generate $2 million, half of its annual budget, in privately raised revenue. That financial shortfall is being made up by Maryland taxpayers. For the past two years, the state — which...

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