Published: Apr 20, 2011 4:44 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 20, 2011 1:44 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Museums and other cultural institutions face a historic cut in funding as Florida lawmakers struggle to agree on a multibillion dollar budget.

The Legislature steadily has been taking away money for the arts and culture over the years. Funding for the state's museums has gone down from more than $13 million five years ago to as low as $1 million proposed now.

Museum directors say they don't expect wholesale closing of facilities but there is talk of reduced hours and programs.

The state's museums have had to get creative in raising revenues and attracting audiences. The Orlando Science Center even started its own preschool.

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