"There was ... an excess of activity stemming from the expansion ... Everything we did made a lot of sense and had a reason," Zugaza said.
The crisis and the "very sharp" dropoff in public contributions have forced museum authorities "to think about the essential, where the priorities are and what the central mission ... is" that the museum must work on regarding its collection, research, restoration and other issues, Zugaza said.
Planning has been key, especially during these lean years.
"Thanks to that we've already made all the necessary adjustments, including the exhibit program," the museum director said.
And that has allowed the museum to weather the falloff in its income and the reduction in public contributions in 2013, an economic situation that the institution hopes will ameliorate itself starting in 2015, Zugaza said.
The contributions of donors, an important but complementary source of funds so far, has become a key element "contributing almost a sixth of the museum's operating budget," the
Despite the economic situation, the museum has not had to scale back its market operations, Zugaza said.
"The difficult thing is that the
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
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