Field Museum Announces Staff Cuts

Museum plans complete overhaul in effort to decrease debt

Chicago's renowned Field Museum says it will cut staff, overhaul operations and limit the scope of its research because of a high debt load and the recession.

Museum officials say they also might change hours of operation and raise admission prices for special exhibits at one of the city's best-known cultural attractions.

The Field Museum is known for its research into plants and animals and impressive collections, including Sue, the world's largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex.

Officials say the Field's cost-cutting measures will be an opportunity to refocus the museum's mission.

They say they hope to cut $5 million in costs and increase the museum's endowment by $100 million. Museum staff and board members will work on a plan between now and July 1.

The museum was founded in 1893.

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