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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)

Sep 30, 2020

Press Release

Bill provides rent-free space for the nation’s first combination children’s museum and science center

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that one of her top priorities, her National Children’s Museum Act (H.R. 5919), passed in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today. The bill would provide rent-free space to the National Children’s Museum (NCM) for the duration of its lease in the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the District of Columbia. Because the bill passed unanimously, Norton is optimistic about getting it through the House and Senate and signed into law.

NCM is the only congressionally-designated museum that pays rent in a federal building. NCM, which is the nation’s first combination children’s museum and science center, must charge admission to offset expenses. The coronavirus health and economic crisis has put NCM in danger of closing. Norton worked hard to get the museum’s lifesaver bill through committee to save the NCM from folding.

“For far too long, D.C. has been one of the only major U.S. cities without a children’s museum,” Norton said. “The National Children’s Museum will bring visitors to D.C. from throughout the U.S. and the world with money to spend here. The bill’s passage in committee today is a victory for the Museum, the nation’s capital, and especially for our children.”