Atlanta will be the site of a new National Health Museum, a bit of a surprise following earlier plans for a space in Washington. The museum will give Georgians and visitors alike the opportunity to understand and experience the revolutions in health sciences that are helping people across the world live healthier lives, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue says.
The museum has been endorsed by more than 150 major health and medical organizations, and will be funded by a combination of personal, corporate, foundation and government contributors. To date, the project has secured more than $12 million to operate current educational programs, build an online cybermuseum and plan for the physical museum in Atlanta. With plans to open the building in 2013, backers need to raise nearly $250 million more in the coming years. Along with the money, its expected to bring 135 jobs to the state. The backers are looking at sites near the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.
Louis Sullivan, former HHS secretary and chairman of the museum board, says that the hope is that the exhibits will inspire Americas youth to pursue careers in biosciences, a task for which they are woefully unprepared now, with only about a quarter of high school seniors testing out as ready for college biology.