NLR Museum Boasts Million-Dollar Economic Impact

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum (AIMM), home to World War II submarine USS Razorback, at 120 Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock reported an estimated economic impact of $1,003,800 in 2014.

“Locals drive by the submarine every day and don’t realize just how many people it attracts,” said Allison Hiblong, Director of Operations. “Arkansas residents and visitors from all over the nation and the world come to see the submarine. Last year alone, we had visitors from 50 states and 81 countries.”
 
2014 Attendance Summary  
  • Total Attendance: 21,664
  • Individual Visitors: 15,557
  • Groups: 3,329
  • Birthdays: 155
  • Overnight Stays: 552
  • Other Events: 2,071
AIMM relies on volunteers to assist in submarine maintenance and give tours. Donating more than 4,500 hours in 2014, most of the volunteers are veterans who served on USS Razorback. The museum is currently in the middle of a capital campaign to bring USS Hoga from California and to expand the museum space.

Aside from the submarine, AIMM hosts exhibits dedicated to America’s rich naval history in its museum. Currently the museum features artifacts from USS Arkansas and the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. Free lesson plans, school group tours and teacher training are offered as well. 
 
AIMM is located at 120 Riverfront Park Drive in North Little Rock, Arkansas, one block south of Verizon Arena. During the winter, the submarine is open for tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call (501)371-8320 or visit AIMMuseum.org for more information about the museum.

Hosting more than 100,000 guests from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock, Arkansas, is most recognized for featuring the longest-serving submarine in the world. USS Razorback served in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War and was one of 11 submarines present in Tokyo Bay during the formal surrender of Japan in World War II. After being decommissioned, the submarine was transferred to the Turkish Navy in 1970 where she conducted missions along the Black Sea until 2001. In 2004 she found her final home when the City of North Little Rock purchased the submarine from the Turkish government. The museum topside offers naval artifacts, a theater, research library and gift shop that visitors can peruse at their leisure. 


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