State Senate approves transfer of centennial museum to AZGS; bill moves to House
The Arizona State Senate yesterday approved SB1200, transferring the former Mining & Mineral Museum from the Arizona Historical Society to Arizona Geological Survey, to be re-opened as the Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Education Museum.
The legislation transfers the current rent and curator budget from AHS to AZGS but a floor amendment by the bill sponsor's Sen. Gail Griffin, was approved that waives the rent for the first year with the funds to be used for operations and maintenance.
The museum was closed in 2011 in anticipation of it being converted to the Arizona Experience Centennial Museum but the private funds expected to pay for it never materialized. [Right, mining diorama from the former museum, when it was operated by the AZ Dept. of Mines & Mineral Resources. ADMMR was merged with AZGS in 2011, after the museum was transferred to AHS]
The revamped museum would be expected to add livestock, agriculture, timber, and range management programs to the museums themes, similar to the vision for the centennial museum concept.