Fresno Met Museum's Final Days

FRESNO, Calif.

They did not want to comment on the issue Sunday, but since the Museum is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, many visitors assume there isn't much time left to visit the museum.

Children's eyes lit up Sunday on what could be their final visit to the Fresno Met Museum.

"It brought a range of exhibits that the community enjoyed, so it will be sad to see it go." David Fey of Fresno remembers taking his daughters to the Met when they were younger.

They made the trip Sunday, hoping to relive the past. "We came knowing this could be its last day, or close to it. And it was very bittersweet, because we had a lot of fun," said Fey.

After spending $28 million on a major renovation project, the museum defaulted on a $15 million bank loan that was guaranteed by the City of Fresno.

When Action News spoke with Met Museum board president Stewart Randall a few weeks ago, he said the only thing that could save the museum at this point is a $3-million donation.

"If that does not happen and the Met does not make it we intend to close it in a dignified manner. We want to leave a good taste in the mouth of the community."

Museum employees we spoken to off camera said they're still waiting and hoping for a donor to step forward.

But visitors aren't as optimistic.

They purchased mementos, which were being sold for half off, saying although the museum will likely be gone, the memories will last.

When asked what were some of their fondest memories of the Met Leanne Heppe replied, "I think Bob the Builder. He's not here any longer. But my son, he's autistic and he really got into it and for him to open up was really really amazing."

"I mean if it could stay open that would be great. I don't use it that much, but it's such a nice little outlet for kids and their creativity," said Hannah Fey of Fresno.

The next time the museum board meets is the third week of January.

The board president says if the museum closes, they could sell off artwork to raise money to help pay off their debt.

Copyright © 2021 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.