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Two science museums will compete in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) ” Two science museums planned for the state capital will have to compete for money to keep their doors open.

Sacramento State University and the Discovery Museum Science Center are raising money to open the museums in 2010.

Officials with each institution say the museums will be complementary, but some museum experts say they are more likely to compete. Both will have planetariums, which are expensive to run.

John Jacobsen, who runs a company specializing in museum planning, says finding financial support for two science museums will be challenging. That’s partly because museum admissions don’t cover operating costs.

Pressure from donors ultimately may force the two entities to merge their plans.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com