Facing State Budget Cuts, Texas Tech Museum to Change Hours

Beginning Sept. 1, the museum and Moody Planetarium will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Due to state funding reductions, officials at the Museum of Texas Tech University will change some hours of operation.

Beginning Sept. 1, the museum and Moody Planetarium will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, said David K. Dean, director of museum information services. The museum will no longer feature extended hours until 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Though the museum closed only on major holidays, he said it will now close during Texas Tech’s academic holidays, such as the Friday through Monday following Thanksgiving Day, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

“Due to substantial state funding reductions in the next two years, the Museum of Texas Tech University regrettably must take necessary measures to ensure the best public availability of its many services and outreach efforts,” Dean said. “Unfortunately, such actions will have some effect on public access to exhibitions, programs and events.”

The museum will continue to offer as much access and usage of its facilities and programs to its various communities as possible, he said. However, implementation of this goal requires cutbacks in the number of hours the Museum’s facilities are open to the public.

The museum will continue to host its First Friday Art Trail event each month from 6-9 p.m.

Visit The Museum of Texas Tech University’s website at www.museum.ttu.edu for news about hours and public offerings.

CONTACT: David K. Dean, director of museum information services, The Museum of Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2442 or david.dean@ttu.edu