Alabama Music Hall of Fame closed

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Supporters of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame have set a target date to reopen the tourist attraction.

The Music Hall of Fame board members hope to reopen the facility in Tuscumbia by Oct. 17.

State Tourism Director Lee Sentell said the date is one day before the opening of the documentary "Muscle Shoals" in Birmingham. Sentell said Oct. 17 is a tentative date that could change.

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame board members say they're exploring options to help the organization survive.

   Board members told the TimesDaily of Florence (http://bit.ly/16GvmLE) that they're considering four options to support the museum which has been closed since November.

   Organizers say the first option is to combine the attraction with an official state welcome center. The second option is to split the memorabilia and distribute it throughout the state.

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The Alabama Music Hall of Fame's board of directors has given its executive director the authority to consider offers to move the attraction to Birmingham or Huntsville.

The TimesDaily reports (http://bit.ly/Zj8kYS ) that the Tuscumbia facility remains closed with no plans to reopen.

Executive Director Wiley Barnard said he was approached by groups interested in moving the hall of fame and at least a portion of the museum to the other Alabama cities. He would not specifically identify who approached him.

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A few months ago, visitors walking through Alabama’s Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia would be flooded with music. A look through the songs in the museum’s jukebox, for instance, and you could play anything you liked-for free.

But today, it’s a different story.

“The Hall of Fame is presently closed due to lack of funding," says Wiley Barnard. He's Executive Director of the Music Hall of Fame. "Our power is off. We’re in the dark.”

Barnard says the museum has been closed since Christmas because it owes money to the state-- about $26,000 to be exact.