Fewer Nights at the Museum?

Belt-tightening has arrived at museums as the economy continues to be an issue. In Chicago, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has slashed 16 percent of its staff; no programs have been eliminated, and the cutbacks will not change the museum experience for visitors, Notebaert Chief Executive Officer Laurene von Klan told the Chicago Tribune. The Field Museum has taken similar steps, cutting five jobs. There haven’t been any shortfalls yet, but it won’t know more until donor contributions are done. Adler Planetarium is confident that its corporate donations will secure but it’s concerned about individual ones. Toward that end, donors are getting extra attention: invites to special events, such as “One World, One Sky,” which features Sesame Street characters including Big Bird. You know you don’t want to miss that one.