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Friday, June 10, 2011 - 10:30am

Music Hall Of Fame Closing Sunday

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon will shut down for good on Sunday. The Macon tourist attraction is closing after fifteen years operating and months of controversy.

Museum officials are busy returning items loaned by musicians and deciding where to send the rest. Many artifacts like costumes, instruments, and photographs will be stored in the special collections library at the University of Georgia. Others will be loaned to regional museums.

Executive Director Lisa Love says the Tubman, and Allman Brothers Big House Museum in Macon will display some of the collection.

“As much as we can make the best of the situation and create partnerships that allow the artifacts and the stories to continue to be told and shared with the public, that’s what we’re trying to do. But, it’s overwhelming.”

Love says many first time visitors have been flocking to the museum in the last two weeks to see it before it closes. The state-run museum was plagued by low attendance and dwindling state funding.

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