$25,000 gift aims to help bring MU museum back to campus

Friday, December 13, 2013 | 7:55 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Two local entrepreneurs have given $25,000 to support conversations about moving MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology closer to campus.

Beau Aero and Alfredo Mubarah gave the money to Museum Associates Inc., a group that would like to see the MU museum either back on campus or at a nearby downtown location, museum director Alex Barker said.

The museum is in the process of moving to Mizzou North, which is at Garth Avenue and Business Loop 70 West. It had been housed at Pickard Hall. The building is undergoing radiation testing after experiments in the 1900s left radiation residue, according to previous Missourian reporting.

The money Aero and Mubarah donated will go toward efforts to bring the museum back to campus, Barker said. How that move might happen has not been determined.

Barker said talks were held over the summer to form a committee after the City Council wrote a letter to MU. A committee of individuals from the city, The District, the university and Museum Associates is being formed to find possible ways to bring the museum back to Pickard or another location on campus or downtown. The first meeting is scheduled for beginning of next year, Barker said.

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