2009-08-20 / Local & State

Pa. Museum Closing Until State Budget Is Resolved

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh and several other historic sites are closing indefinitely amid the ongoing state budget impasse.

The Bushy Run Battlefield in Westmoreland County, the Joseph Priestley House and Northumberland County and the Brandywine Battlefield in Chester County are also closing due to lack of state funding.

That's according to Kirk Wilson, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The commission says the Fort Pitt Museum closed Friday and won't reopen until the state budget is settled. The museum tells of the role Fort Pitt played during the French and Indian War.

The commission plans to furlough 23 employees.

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