Children's museum gets $1.5 million grant

Maryland Watch

February 06, 1997

Port Discovery, the $29 million downtown Baltimore children's museum expected to open next year, got a boost yesterday when the state Board of Public Works approved a $1.5 million grant for development and design.

The grant brings to more than $14 million the amount raised toward the cost of the museum, including corporate donations and state and city investments totaling more than $6.5 million.

Rouse Co. is development manager and Walt Disney Imagineering, the corporate giant's design arm, is designing and building the high-tech exhibits.

Port Discovery will open by late 1998 in the 80,000-square-foot Fishmarket building near the Inner Harbor on Market Place. An analysis of the museum's economic impact, based on 750,000 annual visitors, forecasted that it would contribute roughly $45 million a year to the local economy.

It will also generate nearly 1,000 jobs, 93 of them at the museum, according to the analysis by Hunter Interests Inc. of Annapolis.

The Board of Public works is composed of Gov. Parris N. Glendening, its chairman, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Treasurer Richard N. Dixon.

Pub Date: 2/06/97

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