The important work of the Museums includes helping preserve, save and restore telescopes and other astronomical instruments, and telescope-oriented facilities, such as observatories and planetariums. The Museums are developing a database of telescopes, observatories, planetariums, telescope companies and other telescope operations that are closed, closing, and especially those facilities and instruments that are decaying or in danger of being destroyed or lost. The Museums plan to work with all possible appropriate organizations to create a web portal system and will help develop programs and relationships to help rally people and organizations to preserve and rescue important astronomical instruments and facilities.
The Museums are helping restore a planetarium that has been closed. The Museums have been developing the strategic and tactical plans, and are launching programs to raise the capital needed to repair, renovate and re-open this important planetarium. The project is expected to cost $5-6 million over several years. The Museum plans to showcase this project as part of its dedication to preserve and rescue closed or decaying astronomical instruments and facilities.