Salt museum attendance not high as hoped

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Officials with a salt museum in Hutchinson admit attendance hasn’t been as high as expected but they say they are always looking for new ways to draw people in.

The museum, called Strataca, has averaged about 55,000 visitors a year since it opened in May 2007. Director of Operations Gayle Farrell says annual attendance has not been increasing as much as museum officials hoped, but specific events are popular.

The museum has been out of debt since early 2011. The only outside support it receives is 5 percent of a local quarter-percent sales tax, which is about $100,000 per year.

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