The Fresno Metropolitan museum, affectionately known as the Fresno Met, closed its doors forever after 25 years of community enrichment. The Met closed its doors due to the owing $5 million in debt, despite increasing revenue 45 % this past year.
The closure forced the Met to lay off workers, but will retain staff to help close the final chapter in the Met’s history.
The city will allow the museum to use basement storage until April, and the city will allow workers to use office space in the museum and its owned buildings.
Mayor Swearingen attributed the unfortunate closure to the economy, and the Director confirmed, stating that most museums surviving now draw upon a significant endowment.