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KU may open museum in Olathe

May 17, 2007

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Preschoolers from the Lawrence Arts Center pause to examine Joseph Ducreux's painting 'Le Discret' (The Silence) as they tour the Spencer Museum of Art Wednesday at Kansas University. KU officials are talking with an Indianapolis-based developer about the possibility of a KU natural history and art museum in Olathe.

Preschoolers from the Lawrence Arts Center pause to examine Joseph Ducreux's painting 'Le Discret' (The Silence) as they tour the Spencer Museum of Art Wednesday at Kansas University. KU officials are talking with an Indianapolis-based developer about the possibility of a KU natural history and art museum in Olathe.

Kansas University officials confirmed Wednesday that they're negotiating with a developer about building a fine arts and science museum in Olathe.

Early discussions with MaeGrace LLC have revealed vague details about a museum that would house elements from the KU Natural History Museum and Spencer Art Museum.

The proposed museum would be constructed alongside a hotel and convention center across the street from a new Bass Pro Shop in suburban Kansas City.

While both sides have been talking, making the project jump the several hurdles it faces could pose a challenge.

KU and Olathe officials said discussions about the proposal will remain in early stages as they determine its chances for success.

"It's the kind of opportunity that deserved a serious look and a serious feasibility study that is ongoing," said Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Natural History Museum. "So we have not made any decisions."

KU officials said Wednesday that the project, which would be about 4 miles from KU's Edwards Campus in Overland Park, could boost the university's visibility in the Kansas City area.

"It's very early in the game; there are no details to report other than it's a really fine opportunity to expand KU's presence in Kansas City," Krishtalka said.

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Godot 6 years, 11 months ago

But I thought there was no money for repairs, how can they build a new museum? How will a state owned museum generate sales tax? Can the city charge sales tax on admission to public property?

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bobberboy 6 years, 11 months ago

Stupid idea. I'll bet all the local businesses are glad to hear this one. DAAAA ! Let's see "why don't we build a museum in Olathe and send or museum going business that way". Man their must be some money goin' under the table on this one !!!!

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