ConsultEcon Management & Economic Insight

Museums are important to a community’s cultural, educational and economic well being.  ConsultEcon is proud to be a member of the museum community and provide market, economic, business and planning services to create successful new museums and support existing museums to remain economically vital while maximizing community benefits, mission achievement, and their market potential.


Natural History

The WILD Center, Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks: Tupper Lake, New York
As part of the Master Plan for this facility located in the Adirondacks, we evaluated the market support for and financial feasibility of the project.  Of particular importance was the potential for seasonal operations.  Accordingly, alternative operating scenarios to test project feasibility under 9 and 12 month operating schemes were prepared.  The WILD Center opened in 2006.

Flint RiverQuarium: Albany, Georgia
Assessed the potential market support and proposed operating plan for an attraction comprised of several elements, including interactive exhibits, aquariums and live animal exhibits, focusing on the natural history of the Flint River area of Georgia.  The Flint RiverQuarium opened in 2004.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History:  Santa Cruz, California
Prepared a market study, operating plan and economic impact analysis for relocation and expansion to a new facility as part of the City’s Depot Site Master Plan.  This project will increase the museums’ size six-fold.  It will be integrated with a number of site uses, including a nature trail and shared parking resources.

Utah Museum of Natural History:  Salt Lake City, Utah
Prepared an economic impact and fiscal benefits evaluation study for a planned new landmark museum building on a new site. 

Desert Discovery Center: 
Scottsdale, Arizona
Leading a multi-disciplinary team, we helped refine the proposed concept and program for the new Desert Discovery Center and in this process, we oversaw and contributed to concept development.  In addition, we prepared estimates of attendance potential and revenue potential.  This facility will balance the needs of resident, educational and tourism visitors.  The plan is based on an evaluation of the local context and proposed site, a market study and a series of workshops to help guide the development of infrastructure, exhibits, programs and visitor experiences. 

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium:
Dubuque, Iowa
This project included evaluation of this museum including its historic riverboats and analyzing connections to the downtown.  This primarily history-related museum was expanded to focus on the natural history of the Upper Mississippi River. It also includes an extensive aquarium exhibit. This project opened in the spring of 2003.  Subsequently, we have worked with the Mississippi River Museum in evaluating various expansion alternatives.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Prepared market support estimates that informed Master Plan alternatives.  The Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) developed a Master Plan for the site that included a major interpretive center and museum, environmental learning center, nature trails, outdoor amphitheater, demonstration gardens and supportive infrastructure, including retail and food service.  Revenue potential and usage patterns were prepared for preferred options.  We also supported the LVVWD in preparing a business plan for the project.  Las Vegas Springs Preserve opened in 2007.