UPDATE: Brogan Museum could close

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-07 20:04:40-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- The fate of a popular Tallahassee Museum is still in limbo. The Brogan Museum remains open but two board members have stepped down.

Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh and City Commissioner Gil Ziffer turned in their resignations. Ziffer says he thinks the museum’s debt will just continue to climb.

The Brogan Museum is open and people like Dale Landry say they’re going to push to keep it that way.

“In Tallahassee we have very few things for our children of educational," said Landry. "This place is off the chain, a good thing."

He says he plans to talk to Leon County leaders to ask for help with funding the museum, even after county leaders recently pulled $150,000 of grant money off the table.

He hopes Murdaugh and Ziffer will reconsider after resigning.

“I can’t continue to be a part of this effort," said Ziffer. "I wish them the best. I’m concerned this situation is where greater debt is going to incur.”

Monday's vote saves the museum for now. Some board members will continue to work on solutions to keep the museum open. Others will talk with attorneys and creditors in an effort to get rid of the debt, and address legal steps if they decide to close the museum.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--A popular Tallahassee museum, in the midst of trying to re-organize, may now be forced to close its doors for good.

The Mary Brogan Museum shut down and stopped operating as an art museum and was in the process of trying to re-open as a science museum, but the final end could come Monday. Board members could take up a vote on Monday.

This comes after Leon County took off the table $150,000 in funding it had planned to give to the center.

Museum board member and Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer says the reality is, there's just no money there to keep the museum going.

The interim director Trish Hanson says there's still a lot the museum can offer.

"I know the board has worked tirelessly to get rid of our debt," said Trish Hanson. "We've got really great partners in place ready to launch and having us as a more focused organization has been a great benefit to us and to our partners so there's been a lot of blood sweat and tears put into this place."

"We have been able to pay off a considerable amount of debt for the museum and now would just be a good time to go ahead and make a decision to, in my opinion, close down the museum for good, pay off the remaining bills," said Ziffer.

The board meets Monday at the Brogan Museum at 5:30.