Science museum in Jersey museum’s first year without a president
Posted On July 14, 2021
The first year of a museum’s history is often a tough one for a museum.
For some, it is as much about the culture and people who inhabit the space as it is about its funding.
But at the National Science Museum in Jersey City, New Jersey, it has been a struggle for the first year since its founding.
A new president has yet to be named, and the museum’s current president, Dr. Susan H. Burdick, is the first woman to lead the museum since the museum was founded in 1875.
“It’s really hard for us to know where to begin,” said John L. Miller, director of the museum.
“We’re always looking for new faces and new ideas, and so far we haven’t had a lot of success in that department.”
The museum’s opening was delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think the real problem we have is the people who are in charge of the day-to-day operations,” said museum spokesman David Bittner.
“They’ve got to keep that team together and keep everyone in the loop.”
The first two years were the most challenging.
The museum was a project of the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services, which put up $20 million for renovations and a $20,000 grant for new exhibits.
Those were the only major projects that could be funded by the federal government.
That money was then used to make $3 million in renovations and $4 million for the museum itself.
That included installing new displays, renovating the building, and installing a new video screen.
In addition, the museum and the city were working together to upgrade its website, which had not been updated in a while.
But the site had been taken down from time to time.
“There’s always been some changes and additions to the site,” said Dr. Steven L. Copley, the director of health and human services at the city.
“But I think we’ve made progress.”
The city has made progress, however, and Miller said he expected to be able to reopen the museum in September.
The new president, who was chosen by a vote of the membership, has not yet been named.
In a news release, the city said that Miller was “the perfect candidate for the position” and that the museum would be a “great place to raise our public awareness about our community and our health.”
Miller was appointed as the museum president in May.
She will have the authority to hire and fire the museum staff.
But she has not been in charge, and there has been no official statement from the city about her future.
Miller was not the only person with a different approach to the museum, which is not only the oldest in the state but also one of the largest in the country.
The National Institutes of Health also closed the museum after the coronas virus pandemic and closed the library and other facilities.
Miller said the city is working to reopen some of the buildings, but said they have not yet found the funding.
“The funding is not there to open the doors,” she said.
“If the museum goes away, it won’t go away.
It will stay closed.”
The National Science Foundation’s annual budget for museums is $60 million, but it has received only $2.4 million from the federal treasury since September.
Miller acknowledged that the budget was “an unknown quantity” for the city, but she said she hopes to see that figure rise to $8 million by the end of the year.
She said the museum has not received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities since the pandemic started, but the museum did receive a $10,000 donation from the organization.
Miller told The Associated Press that she is hopeful that the funding will increase as the pandemics recede.
“A lot of times, we have to rely on the generosity of people and the generosity we’ve gotten from the state and local governments,” she explained.
“So I’m hoping that that will be more of an impetus for people to come and work and see how we can support this museum and be a catalyst for people in the community to get involved in their own communities.”