Exhibits illuminate the central corridor of the Exploratorium, an interactive science and activities museum, during a preview in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The new $300 million museum is set to open April 17 at its new location along the bay with more space and new exhibits. The 330,000-square-foot museum at Pier 15 along the Embarcadero has three times more space than the previous location at the Palace of Fine Arts in the city's Marina neighborhood. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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SAN FRANCISCO —
San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the popular science museum has decided to cut 80 of its 435 paid positions four months after it moved to Pier 15 on the Embarcadero.
Exploratorium officials say they had expected 6,000 to 7,000 daily visitors, but actual attendance has been between 3,000 and 4,000. That has resulted in 20 percent less revenue than expected.
In addition to layoffs, the museum is not filling vacant positions and letting go of seasonal employees.
Its new home cost $300 million and has more than 600 exhibits. It was previously located next to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco's Marina District
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