Future Uncertain For Insights Museum


POSTED: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 6:28pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 4:41pm

In the agreement to bring a Triple-A baseball team to El Paso, the ballpark would be built on Missouri Avenue in downtown, the present home of city hall and a non-profit science museum. Now, it's future is uncertain.

Insights Museum has been electrifying the minds of El Paso children for decades, but soon, it could go dark.

The non-profit museum has found a home in a city-owned building on Santa Fe and Missouri since 1992.

Crews could demolish the museum, and city hall right next to it, to make room for a new Triple-A baseball park.

Insights Museum was founded more than 30 years ago. It's become a family tradition where kids can learn about many things including NASA.

Renee Aguirre has been coming since she was a young girl and now she brings her 9-year-old son.

"I remember going on field trips with my school and coming with my parents and now we're bringing him here to see," said Aguirre. "It's kinda sad of course because we like to come here but I hope it does get relocated be we are also looking forward to the baseball field coming here."

Ofelia Garcia brought her two grandchildren to the museum and she does not want baseball to take over.

"It makes me sad because they really enjoy the access of being here downtown and everything it's easy," said Garcia.

Her 13-year-old granddaughter has been the museum a couple of times.

"You get to do activities and like explore like new things," said Madison Valdez.

Insights Museum is now working with the city on an agreement to make sure it stays in the community.

"Our concern is that if we go offline for three to five years, the impact it will have on children of El Paso. It might be very negative and we want to make sure we continue on," said Insights El Paso Board President Aaron Velasco.

But the future of the museum is ultimately in the hands of El Pasoans. A bond that will fund it's relocation will be on the November ballot.

"What's really important to realize is that how much it benefits the local children, especially kids that may not be exposed to science, technology, engineering and math until they come to Insights," said Velasco.

If you have never been to insights, but would like to visit, the museum is hosting Space Science Day on Saturday. Former astronaut Danny Olivas will be talking to children. Admission is free.

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I hope there will be a new location for the museum. Our young people need the education that museums like these bring them. Cathy, please keep us informed as to a new location.

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