Patriotism museum closes doors, goes virtual

Call it a sign of the times. Call it a new beginning. You can even blame it on the economy.

Regardless of the reason, the National Museum of Patriotism is closing its doors for good July 31 to become a virtual museum of American artifacts and exhibits. It first opened in 2004.

“We’re in the 21st century,” Roger Neal, spokesman for the museum told the AJC. “Internet is such a big deal and we decided to go that route.”

The museum’s founder, Nick Snider, said the change is a result of a down economy.

“As a result of the economic downturn, the museum needed a change,” Snider said in statement. “It became apparent that we needed a new 21st century technology plan to continue the mission.”

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The museum will continue to have fund raisers and host special events relating to patriotism, Neal said.

Though the museum won’t be building any new exhibits, there will be virtual tours of past ones on the website, Neal said. The website will also include pictures of the exhibits as well as stories people submit regarding their experiences in American history.

It is unclear whether or not the museum will post exhibits from other museums onto their website, Neal said.

This museum moved from its Spring Street location to the ground floor of the Hilton Garden Inn in October 2007 to increase revenue in a busy tourist district, which includes the Georgia Aquarium and The World of Coca-Cola.

In its six years, the museum has been host to exhibits involving historical American events. Last year when the museum opened its doors at its new location, visitors were welcomed to historical displays, including one focusing on the 9/11 attacks.

In addition to going digital, the company has changed its name to the National Foundation of Patriotism and will continuing to focus on its charity efforts, Neal said.

The museum will have a new website in the fall showcasing the exhibits.

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