DIA art sell-off conversations spark other museums to review their options

Detroit Historical Museum will hold special meeting next week

By Roger Weber - Reporter

DETROIT - Amid fears that the Detroit Institute of Arts could be at risk from creditors, at least one other museum is reviewing its options.

The executive committee of the Detroit Historical Museum will hold a special meeting next week.

"Right now it's a lot of speculation," said Executive Director and CEO Bob Bury.  "We want to weigh all the issues that could find their way to our doorstep."

Bury has not discussed the issue with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who has warned the DIA that creditors might target it's collection.

Orr says that could happen only if Detroit files for bankruptcy, something he is working to avoid.

The Historical Museum is operated privately, but the building and 250-thousand artifacts are owned by the city.

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