PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM REOPENS WITH NEW MODERN-DAY EXHIBITS
One of the University of Alabama’s most popular spots for visitors is the Paul W. Bryant Museum, and now the museum is embracing technology with some new high-tech additions.
The museum, which opened in 1988, closed for renovations last month. As of March 1, everything is up and running once again.
Museum Director Ken Gaddy said looking at pictures and reading about them isn’t super appealing anymore, so a revamp was necessary to keep the museum a place visitors wanna visit.
“The younger generation want and need (technology),” Gaddy said. “My 3-year-old grandson tries to swipe pictures and stuff, so that’s part of what led up to this. But it’s also to put more information out for the public.”
Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant wanted all his former teams and player recognized at the museum. In the past, visitors were greeted with a hall of fame including just a few pictures and paragraphs about Bryant’s team.
Now, six 55-inch screens make up the new “wall of fame”, and visitors can see many sides of Bryant’s career along with those who were part of it at the swipe of a finger.
They’ve also added a 98-inch monitor and replaced nearly 8,000 square feet of carpeting that’s been there since the museum’s grand opening more than 30 years ago.
All those renovations represent an estimated $600,000, but Gaddy said it was worth every penny.
The Paul W. Bryant Museum is located at 300 Paul W. Bryant Drive and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and children. Children younger than 6 are admitted for free.