Plans for a new Milwaukee Public Museum move forward

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Plans for a new Milwaukee Public Museum are moving forward and Wisconsin taxpayers have been asked to help. 

Officials announced Thursday, Jan. 28, the team that will develop the new museum. One of the next steps is buying the site, which is expected to be at 6th and McKinley, a few blocks from the current museum. The complex will have to be redesigned. 

Also, president and CEO Dr. Ellen Censky said that they have asked for $65 million in the state budget to partially support the new museum. She says they also will look at the state's philanthropic community for help. 

Dr. Censky released the following statement on the announcement: 

"We are looking to the statewide philanthropic community and to public funding sources to ensure that this project is possible for our community. As the most-visited museum in the State of Wisconsin, we know that the impact we have and the love that Wisconsinites feel for our institution run deep. Last September, as part of the state budget process, we submitted an application for $65 million to partially support the development of our new home in downtown Milwaukee."
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