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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28 2012 10:28 a.m. MST

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tabuno
Clearfield, UT

Speaking as an individual citizen from Clearfield and based on my personal experience as a volunteer at the Museum (independently from anyone associated with the Museum), I wanted to add my perception that the delayed opening of the Museum from the spring of 2011 to October 2011, for whatever construction reason justified or not, may have hurt the Museum financially in a substantial way without any fault of The Leonardo, its Director, staff, employees, volunteers, or the exhibits themselves. Hopefully, state legslators and the Governor will add this belief to the total record when making a decision about funding the critical priorities in this State.

Allegheny
MEADVILLE, PA

While visiting Utah over Christmas Vacation I went to the Leonardo with my family. I was very disappointed in the thrown together feel of the whole place. It felt as though anyone and everyone involved had a chance to say lets try this exhibit or this one or this one and it ended up the disjointed mess that it is. There were so many examples of dead space and exhibits with little to no explanation at all, like the grass planted on the lower level and signs about the importance of algae but no reasons why. I love going to museums and was very excited to go to the Leonardo but it is just a mess. Hopefully if they get this money they will hire somebody that knows how to fix things.

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

More government dollars for something the people don't want. Throwing good money after bad. If the museum can't survive on its own then it doesn't need to be there.

GiantSquid
salt lake, utah

A museum that charges $14 admission should never be taking public money. Period.

The public has already been ripped off enough.

tabuno
Clearfield, UT

Allengeny's negative comments may be understandable in some ways in regards to the new Leonardo funded, in part, by what I understand to be "loans" not actual gifts or grants from Salt Lake City corporation in responding to DeltaFoxTrot as concerned about the use of taxpayer money. Admittedly from what I have learned, two or three of the main exhibits on the first floor in the public lobby were funded by Salt Lake City residents as works of art available free to the public and, in particular the Hylozoic Veil which has received a tremendous amount of positive and magical feedback from those what have seen and experienced it.

Turning back to Allengeny's concern, as a volunteer during the first three years at the Utah Children's Museum of Utah when it was located on Beck Street in the old Wasatch Plunge/Springs, there were the usual exhibit adjustments and set design and staffing improvements normal in many such Museums, and during which for several years bordered on financial collapse, but it made it through and has now become a premiere Museum at the Gateway.

As for The Leonardo, the most common expression used by most visitors seeing The Leonardo for the first time is "awesome." Almost all of the the children are exicited as they plunge into the interactive exhibits while exhausted grandparents apparently sit it out on the soft couches upstairs, perhaps used to the more traditional and logically laid out format of a quiet art museum. Finally, The Leonardo Board decided to retain the 47-year old, 27-foot high Doug Snow oil on canvas abstract from the original opening of the Salt Lake City Public Library on the first floor. When the library opened that huge abstract painting also attracted much concern and puzzlement but has since been accepted as a fascinating piece of historical art. Hopefully, for those skeptics, before making any final judgments about The Leonardo, arrange for a special tour of the place before making a decision about the future of the Leonardo, maybe you will experience something or discovery something exciting and wonderful in the meantime.

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