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Atlanta — By Apryl Chapman Thomas on May 5, 2010 at 11:53 pm
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Exploring the National Museum of Patriotism

What does patriotism mean to you?

That’s the question that the National Museum of Patriotism (map) wants you to think about while exploring the museum, and then coming up with your own interpretation.

Located downtown, in the Luckie-Marietta District, the museum isn’t strictly downtownatlantafam 087 a history museum or a military museum. Nor does it promote a particular political leaning. Instead, the National Museum of Patriotism promotes just that – patriotism and the history of patriotism in America.

Once inside the museum, you discover such exhibits as the Symbols of America, which, by the aid of an audio tour, discusses the importance of them. There’s also exhibits on the Tuskegee Airmen, the First Responders and the Military.

And that’s just the beginning.

You’ll also have a chance to see the Immigrant Experience exhibit that houses the largest replica of Statue of Liberty’s torch. Then there’s the museum’s signature exhibit, Hall of Patriots that recognizes recipients of the Medal of Honor, Medal of Freedom, Carnegie Medal, and the Congressional Gold Medals.

downtownatlantafam 110 Even thought there are many characteristics that makes this museum unique, including the aforementioned Hall of Patriots, there are two exhibits that shouldn’t be missed. Spend some time viewing the rather large display of military sweetheart jewelry as well. The collection something that you don’t see too much of, especially in this way. The National Museum of Patriotism houses the only 9/11 exhibit in the Southeast. The exhibit itself is a fascinating look into that day and the immediately time after.

Don’t forget to stop at the Olympic Experience exhibit on your way out. Honoring Atlanta’s role in the games, you have a chance to stand on the actual podium used in 1996.

When it comes to patriotism, we all have our own definition and beliefs. Discover yours at the National Museum of Patriotism.

The National Museum of Patriotism is opened Monday- Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.  – 5 p.m. Tickets are $15/adults, $12 for seniors, age 55 and up; $10/students, ages 7 – college with valid ID. Children 6 and under, and active military with ID are admitted in for free.

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