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May 6, 2013 5:46 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Corpus Christi Museum Makes Changes to Increase Profit

CORPUS CHRISTI - September 1st marks the one year anniversary since a private company took over the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.

It was no secret the city was having issues keeping up with the museum.

"This has been an operation that has been loosing millions of dollars and the city can't afford to look at things in that nature any more," said Bill Durrill the new President and CEO of the Museum.

Now that the Bill Durrill and his father, Dusty, have taken over, that's no longer the case. Their profits have increased by 25% and with the help of a new executive director many changes are under way to keep that up.

"That's our whole motivation. Is to really change up the museum to make it more child friendly, more interactive, more engaging, more exciting," said Carol Rehtmeyer Museum Executive Director.

They are changing simple things like the design and color scheme of the entrance to make it more inviting. They are also hiring actors to help bring history to life for visitors.

While showing me one of the areas actors will be Rehtmeyer said, "We will actually have actors inside talking about life of a housewife in the 1800s and what they did and what their daily life and chores were like."

They are completely changing up all the exhibits and renovating their party rooms. The hope is to turn this once failing business into a money making machine.

The museum is also working with the SEA, Sports Entertainment and the Arts, district to create a water taxi that will take people from the museum all the way across the bay to the Texas State Aquarium.

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