Battleship NJ cuts visiting hours amid money woes

December 30, 2008 5:23:14 AM PST
The Battleship New Jersey is closing to general admission visitors for January in a bow to money problems. The floating museum in Camden is to remain open for group tours and special events. In February, it is to open to everyone Fridays through Mondays. Generally in the winter, the Battleship is only open on weekends.

Battleship officials say that attendance has remained strong, but they need to cut costs because the state's subsidy has been cut from $2.8 million to $1.5 million. Earlier this year, the museum laid off eight employees - 20 percent of its full time workers.

Also, the museum's chief executive officer, Troy Collins, who has headed it for more than six years, is leaving the organization to work at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute.

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