COLUMBIA | An interactive science museum that opened in Columbia in 2008 after a decade of planning will close its doors next weekend.
YouZeum officials announced on the museum's website that the exhibit area will close Oct. 16.
The U.S. Department of Education last week gave Columbia College approval to use the building housing the museum for its online education and nursing programs.
The Columbia Tribune reports that the YouZeum board is looking for local sites to display its interactive exhibits.
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The $8.5 million YouZeum, which focused on health issues, opened after a decade of planning and fundraising. Officials predicted it would draw about 60,000 yearly visitors but attendance averaged only about 18,000 visitors a year.