With about a week to go before it opens, the newly renovated Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is a beautiful mess of construction equipment, unmounted artifacts and cutting-edge museum technology. Overnight, bare floors are carpeted; piles of wood and electronics become exhibits. Dozens of curators, managers, installers and staffers are there all day and night to aim LED lights, hang banners and put together the pieces of a $10 million, 5-month update.
“Before, the museum was a ‘Don’t Touch’ museum,” director Jay Hakes said. No more.
As we walked through the 25,000-square foot space on Tuesday, we saw an interactive map table coming together, and the narrative of the president’s life emerging in the museum’s colors and form. Blank