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Two local museums could soon be history

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Museums throughout Arizona have not been operational since the COVID-19 pandemic first began. Two in Tucson might be in trouble in the long run.

During the 1800s, soldiers walked the ground of where the Fort Lowell Museum is, but now, in the year 2020, two historic properties may soon be history.

"Non-profits, in general, are having a hard time. They were having a hard time always. It is difficult to run something like that," Visit Tucson Director of Communications Dan Gibson said. Especially during a pandemic.

The Fort Lowell Museum off Craycroft and the Arizona Historical Society, downtown are possibly closing for good.

The facilities have been shut down since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are in a situation that is untenable," said Tawn Downs with Arizona Historical Society.

Financially and with personnel.

"We have been tenants in the Wells Fargo Building for about 20 years and the Fort Lowell Museum property for about 36 years…We simply do not have the resources to continue to put into properties we do not own and we cannot say whether those will close or not. That is up to the property owners," said Downs.

A decision whether to close the properties or not has not been decided but Gibson with Visit Tucson said, they will be here for generations to come.

"When things fall apart, we make sure they are taken care of. I don't think anyone wants to see buildings at Fort Lowell go to waste or the artifacts that are at downtown historic museum disappear or fall apart."

If you want to preserve history through these museums, contact the City of Tucson.

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