The Museum of Science in Boston recently reduced its staff by nearly 30 workers, with eight workers being laid off and 21 employees accepting retirement packages, a spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

“The museum routinely evaluates its operating budget and makes adjustments to maintain our long history of balanced budgets,” Carrie Nash said in an e-mail.

The museum currently employs about 400 people, according to Nash. The cuts, which were first reported by the Boston Business Journal, have “positioned the Museum for long-term fiscal health to continue to deliver on our mission to the nearly 1.5 million yearly guests here in Boston and 2 million people engaged in our exhibits, programs, and curricula around the world,” Nash said.


The 21 employees who accepted the retirement packages were at or near retirement age, Nash said.

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