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The Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank, Calif. is scheduled to have their grand-reopening Saturday, September 18. California museums were ordered closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have only started to reopen in the last few months. Smaller museums, which largely rely on attendance donations to continue operating, are facing severe financial hardships due to the long closure

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Though they opened their doors back up several weeks ago, Saturday marks the Martial Arts History Museum's official return with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, demonstrations and celebrity appearances that will serve as their main fundraiser for the year. Well-known martial artists expected to attend include Cynthia Rothrock, Don Wilson and Benny Urquidez. Admission will cost $10 with the opening ceremony slated to begin at 1 p.m.

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