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University Museum at SIU reopens

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CARBONDALE -- After being forced to close for six months due to budget cuts, SIU's University Museum reopened its doors to the public Tuesday morning.

WM Weston Stoerger, the new Curator of Exhibits, said, "We're looking to become that cultural point for Southern Illinois again."

He's looking to help the museum, which shuttered its doors in July because of the state budget impasse, return to its former glory.

"Because there's so few places like this in southern Illinois it's really important that they stay around because arts are integral in any society," he said. "You need to have them."

The museum had a partial reopening Tuesday, opening three of its galleries back up to the public but Stoerger says there's still a way to go, with staff forming plans to reintroduce educational programs in the near future.

"If someone comes in and sees something they're captivated by that they had never had they chance to see before it means I've done something right and that makes me happy," he said.

But he says in the meantime, its good to have the museum up and running, and encourages people to stop by.

Right now only the museum,s north hall is open but Stoerger says the south hall is currently under construction and will reopen in the future.

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