Children's Museum gets new director; facility plans to reopen soon

After nearly a year of financial trouble and limited operations, the Georgia Children's Museum has a new executive director, a new business plan and, officials hope, soon will also have new funding and new exhibits.

Mike Cranford, president of the museum's board, and Mary Cay McCullough, the new executive director, said Tuesday that the museum will reopen to the general public March 7-8 in conjunction with First Friday events downtown.

"We'll have face-painting, popcorn and photos that Friday evening, and the Macon Police will be here that Saturday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) with child identification kits," McCullough said. "We'll also be open the rest of the Saturdays (10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) during March, then resume Tuesday through Saturday operations in April," McCullough said.

The museum, at the corner of Cherry Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, was forced to curtail its operations last April when the AmeriCorps and United Way withdrew about $400,000 in annual funding after AmeriCorps officials questioned the museum's bookkeeping. Founder and director Tom Glennon, a Mercer University professor, resigned, though he was not accused of wrongdoing.