AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Six museums in Maine are raising funds for a museum being planned for the Connecticut town where a gunman fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators at an elementary school.
The museums will be offering free admission and accepting donations Thursday to support construction of the EverWonder Children's Museum in Newtown, Conn. Plans to build the museum predate last December's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but the effort has gained momentum since the shooting.
Maine's museum community says it's banding together in support of that effort.
Participating museums are the Maine State Museum in Augusta, the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.
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