Georgia Music Hall of Fame to close

There’s more to come, I’m sure, but the Macon Telegraph just posted this:

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in downtown Macon is scheduled to close June 12.

The hall of fame’s authority voted 4-3 Tuesday to shutter the museum next month.

A drought of state funding and a lack of visitors is to blame. Otis Redding, James Brown and Allman Brothers memorabilia – and much more — will be handed over to the University of Georgia.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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109 comments Add your comment

John

May 24th, 2011
1:11 pm

This is sad. It is a shame something cannot be done about it.

Tammy

May 24th, 2011
1:15 pm

A waste of time and effort to ever have put this in Macon. It probably wouldn’t have done well in Atlanta either.

Emily Weems

May 24th, 2011
1:15 pm

Not a surprise. Who wants to go to Macon? Put it in Atlanta and people would visit.

Bobby

May 24th, 2011
1:16 pm

I’d go visit it in Athens, too…Maybe UGA will put it on display?

DBH

May 24th, 2011
1:19 pm

Tammy and Emily pretty much nailed it. Who the heck wants to go to Macon for anything?

James

May 24th, 2011
1:19 pm

I found it strange that Atlanta showed no interest in relocating the museum here..It would have done much better here than in Macon had it been in the Cenntenial park area..

King

May 24th, 2011
1:20 pm

Macon has a ton of GA music history but it’s just that… history. Put the museum in Atlanta and, even more important, quit inducting these young artists. At least 15-20 years of success should be required to get nominated.

GIVE ME A BREAK

May 24th, 2011
1:21 pm

Good for them.

doug

May 24th, 2011
1:22 pm

Exactly Emily..who the heck would make Macon part of their vacation plans? I have family in the area..they don’t even go to Macon.

Rickster

May 24th, 2011
1:23 pm

Never understood why they placed it in Macon. At least the (now defunct) Golf Hall of Fame made sense being in Augusta.

The state shouldn’t be in the business of establishing a hall of fame for anything.

(What happens to the memorabilia on display at Discover Mills?)

Elliot Garcia

May 24th, 2011
1:25 pm

Y’all are crazy….Every single one of you drives right through Macon on your way to Florida….admit it,…you just don’t care

DBH

May 24th, 2011
1:25 pm

@Doug: I can understand why your family doesn’t go to Macon. Matter of fact, I consider the Macon-Warner Robins- Fort Valley area as Georgia’s version of the Bermuda Triangle, because there’s absolutely NOTHING there to see!

Taylor Wootte

May 24th, 2011
1:28 pm

Surely couldn’t put it in Atlanta. Too much crime, drugs, and general lawlessness….not to mention to the corruption. Just a Banana Republic…

Close it.

N-GA

May 24th, 2011
1:28 pm

This is just one more example government wasting our money. The same thing happened in Dawsonville and the race car museum. Bonds were issued in the amount of $11 million for the property and building construction. “Connected” people were given lucrative jobs running the place. Of course no one came to visit and the city finally shut it down. They then moved city hall into the vacated building. Guess who made money on the whole fiasco. Is there a shrimp museum in Brunswick? Maybe a Brunswick Stew museum? If there isn’t, how about……..

RadioLady

May 24th, 2011
1:31 pm

I think it would have worked out better in Atlanta. Also, if it is closed down, they should put the artifacts at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta, they have continuous visitors and programs.

Robert Daniell

May 24th, 2011
1:34 pm

Elliott Garcia….about Macon, you’re exactly right!!! When was the last time you heard someone say…”I’m going to Macon”….NOT!!! Arm pit of Georgia and rife with rampant crime…we won’t even go there!!!

It’ll be better offf in Athens in the UGA archives…or as suggested, maybe a museum in Athens.

Richard Bagge

May 24th, 2011
1:36 pm

I dated a young lady in Macon some years ago and we visited the museum. I’m sad to hear that it is closing. But there are a few things to do in the area, DBH. A lunch at Nu-Way or Fincher’s, a couple of hours at the museum, then pick some fresh peaches at Lane in Fort Valley and get back on the road to Florida.

GA Native

May 24th, 2011
1:36 pm

No Elliot. We do not drive through Macon on our way to Florida. We drive around it on I-475 much like people do not drive through Atlanta. They drive around it on 285.

Deepak and Satesh

May 24th, 2011
1:37 pm

I won’t even stop in making to take a poop on the way to the beach

RJ

May 24th, 2011
1:38 pm

I am so sad to hear this. I have taken many of my students to visit. It really should’ve been moved to Atlanta, Macon was such a pain to get to with the bus constraints. Very disappointed. So glad my kids go to visit before it closed.

Robert Daniell

May 24th, 2011
1:38 pm

Hey DBH….there’s the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds, The Allman Brother’s Big House, the Warner Robins Air Force Base Plane Museum, Duane and Berry’s Burial Sites….you need to get out more!!!

Deepak and Satesh

May 24th, 2011
1:40 pm

I won’t even stop in Macon to take a poop en route to the beach

chalkdawg4

May 24th, 2011
1:40 pm

I went to law school in Macon and enjoyed living there. I think about stopping everytime I travel through but we are either anxious to get to the beach or are tired and want to get home. The best attraction down that way is the Air Museum at Warner Robbins. I went about 10 years ago and was very impressed and it was free then.. Nobody wants to make a long stop only two hours down the road. I would almost be more inclined to take a long break in Valdosta or Moultrie.

Macon Bacon on the Beach

May 24th, 2011
1:41 pm

But we have other fun stuff in Macon……..We have several Waffle Houses, a Chilis. a tire store and most likely a Burger King.

chalkdawg4

May 24th, 2011
1:42 pm

Robert your are right about the Indian Mounds. They are very cool. I love to take a guest inside and hit the sound button without them seeing me. Scares the bejusus out of them when the wierd music comes on. Used to hang out there a lot when I was in school.

DBH

May 24th, 2011
1:43 pm

@Robert: Been there and done that already. Besides, how many times can one go to a plane museum or to a burial mound? The purpose for a city having a diversity of attractions to begin with is so you’re not regurgitating the same experiences over and over again! Sorry, man, but at best Macon is only a pass-through for me. In fact, I try to avoid passing through there at all costs.

Ron

May 24th, 2011
1:43 pm

The stupid @$$ guberment shouldn’t have been in the Museum business any way. If there really is a draw for such a venue let the private sector have it. The government needs to quit blowing our money.

ProgressivePeach

May 24th, 2011
1:45 pm

Woodstock tried earlier this year to get them to move it so more people could get to it. They were too stupid to see it was their last gasp.

Peachy

May 24th, 2011
1:46 pm

GA Native, if you drive on 475, you still drive through a part of Macon…and if you drive on 285, you are still bound to drive through some part of Atlanta.

ByteMe

May 24th, 2011
1:47 pm

One fewer stops to create for the non-existent high-speed rail line.

Lugnut

May 24th, 2011
1:48 pm

There is no way Macon’s crime is more violent or numerous than Atlanta’s. Hey, when you are number 1, you have to stand up and defend the position. I’ll put our Bankhead Highway up against Pio Nono anyday. Macon indeed. Step back.

Lum

May 24th, 2011
1:48 pm

Yep, Ron is right. The State of Georgia, which has no business expertise, had no business running a music museum. A private companay would have built in Atlanta or Savannah, but surely not in Macon. As nice as Macon is, it is NOT a place where tourists flock.

JW

May 24th, 2011
1:50 pm

Isn’t Macon that town you bypass around on the way to Florida?

Central Georgia Resident

May 24th, 2011
1:59 pm

It’s sad to say, but I haven’t been and it’s only a 45 minute drive from my house. The fault lies in placing the HOF in Downtown Macon. It’s unlawfullness at it’s worst after dark. If the HOF could have been placed out in North Macon near the Bass Pro Shop area, that might have made a difference. And yes, I agree that in the economic times such as now, the government doesn’t need to invest in anything such as this or a “fish pond”. Guess I’m going to make a visit this weekend to the Music and Sports HOF before they’re gone for good.

TSG

May 24th, 2011
2:05 pm

Location, Location, Location

DBH

May 24th, 2011
2:07 pm

@Lugnut: I just did some quick research and found that the crime rate for Pio Nono isn’t all that much better than Bankhead. In fact, according to the 2010 Crime Index, Pio Nono rates a ‘12′ and Bankhead a ‘5′ (a rating of 100 is considered “safest”.) So, I wouldn’t go poppin’ my collar too quickly if I lived in the Pio Nono area of Macon. (Though, I guess you could spin it and say that Pio Nono is more than twice as safe as Bankhead.)

LivinInMacon

May 24th, 2011
2:08 pm

I moved to Macon a year ago, and I still haven’t taken the time to visit the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and I only live 4 miles away! I’m not surprised it’s closing, I mean, who even knew it was here in the first place? Also, I went to school in Atlanta and I felt much safer walking the streets of Atlanta than I do walking in Macon.

Georgia Music Man

May 24th, 2011
2:08 pm

Macon was the home of Capricorn Records in the 70s. A LOT of music was coming out of that town back then. It’s were southern rock was practically invented. If you are a music nut like me, there is a lot to see besides the Hall of Fame – Duane Allman’s grave in Rose Hill Cemetery, the old Capricorn Records building, the “Big House”, H & H restaurant, and Grant’s Lounge. My buddies and I made a day out of it and it was great. Nonetheless, I can see why people would not want to travel to Macon just to visit the HOF. I agree they should move it to Athens, which has a very cultural and music reverent scene – home of REM, B-52s, Widespread Panic, etc. I will close by saying that Georgia definitely needs a Hall of Fame. Most states have them and we are a VERY musical state and our artists have heavily influenced all genres of music. I you never went to Macon to check it out, you missed out. I was a great museum……

phil

May 24th, 2011
2:09 pm

exactly….location. Politicans in Macon, where I live, reside in the past and it’s killing us…..next to go? Sports Hall of Fame across the street from the soon to be empty music hall….

the real Old Gold

May 24th, 2011
2:10 pm

It should be in Atlanta where it’ll actually get some traffic.

Tired of BS

May 24th, 2011
2:10 pm

Down in Macon a few weekends ago. Bums, mental hospital outcasts, and homeless just dog you for money constantly while sitting outside. I personally watched people capable of walking sit in motorized carts so they could beg. Close it…. just a waste of money.

jay

May 24th, 2011
2:10 pm

Being from Macon, it is hardly the armpit of the state. Still nicer than Augusta and Columbus.
That being said, Macon has surely changed.

John

May 24th, 2011
2:11 pm

I visited there several years ago and really enjoyed it. I actually thought the location was great even though I live in northwest Georgia. This is unfortunate.

NikkiFree

May 24th, 2011
2:18 pm

Well, who’s bright idea was it to put it in Macon anyway? That killed the visitation right there.

Truth

May 24th, 2011
2:26 pm

I go through Columbus to get to Florida……not always Macon….it depends on WHERE In Florida you are going….

G

May 24th, 2011
2:26 pm

The problem is the current leadership in Macon. No one has any vision down there. If they designed it right, it could’ve included an amphitheater or concert hall for regular events and performances.

How much?

May 24th, 2011
2:30 pm

I’m sure state funds were involved (private ones, too). How much did this one cost GA taxpayers?

Noliberals

May 24th, 2011
2:31 pm

This should be moved to Atlanta. Why would anyone drive to Macon anyway?

Maconless

May 24th, 2011
2:37 pm

I lived in Macon for 14 years. There are some wonderful things about that city that cannot be found anywhere else in Georgia. Just as many people drive through Atlanta on their way to another destination and don’t stop because a) traffic is too bad b) crime in some areas is bad c) too expensive. So just because travelers don’t choose to stop and visit a museum on their way to the beach doesn’t mean Macon is a horrible place. It just means that people are in a hurry to get to the beach. If you’ve never been there, quit knocking it. And seeing it from your car window as you fly by at 70 mph on the interstate DOES NOT count as having been there.

Pragmatist

May 24th, 2011
2:38 pm

Halls of Fame pretty much fall into the same category as Museums anymore and appeal to a very small audience. The Internet has made it much easier to discover and review history in all categories without the hassle of travel, parking, fees for this, fees for that etc.

The time to stay open is when, and if, our society ever has surplus funds for the arts or when the venue can support itself, so the few who are interested can use this medium for entertainment or education.