Cincinnati Museum Center CEO Doug McDonald will retire January 15. He's led the museum since 1999.
McDonald says he'll stay on as a consultant to the Union Terminal restoration project that was just approved by voters in November. The Cultural Facilities Task Force says McDonald's retirement will not affect the project
During his tenure McDonald helped to pull the museum out of debt and to grow its endowment to more than $50 million.
He also oversaw the merger with The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
In the late 1800's Cincinnatians loved Indians and Indians loved Cincinnati.
Wild West shows at the end of the 19th century were big because the frontier had disappeared and people were enamored with all things Indian. So when a Wild West show in Bellevue, Kentucky closed up, and Cree Indians from Montana were stranded, the Cincinnati Zoo came to the rescue, as far as the Native Americans were concerned.
The next major exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center is Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, showcasing a collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies. Joining Jane Durrell with a preview of this unique exhibition is the Museum Center’s Cody Hefner.
When one of the Cincinnati Zoo's Sumatran rhinos died last year, his remains were given to the Museum Center. Friday the Museum Center is unveiling a mounted display of "Ipuh."
Ipuh came to the Cincinnati Zoo in 1991 as part of a captive breeding program between the United States and Indonesia. He was one of the last Sumatran rhinos taken from the wild and was believed to be around 33 years old when he died.