The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on Friday celebrated the grand opening of its new museum, on the main floor of the Lambeau Field Atrium, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new space, fronted by glass walls set between the familiar Lambeau Field bricks, spans two floors and features nine galleries. The Hall takes visitors on an interactive journey from the franchise's beginnings with Curly Lambeau, to the dominating era of Vince Lombardi and the continued success of today's teams.
The efficient, modern design in the new facility utilizes the latest technology to tell the Packers' story through historic artifacts, video screens, interactive displays and trophies. Exhibits pay tribute to all 23 Packers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as the 154 members of the Packers Hall of Fame, and visitors can see many of these Packers legends describe historic games in their own words.
The Hall proudly displays the team's four Lombardi trophies, the Packers' NFL championship trophies and a selection of Super Bowl rings and championship jewelry. Visitors can also experience a replica of Vince Lombardi's office and a special Ice Bowl exhibit.
A database allows visitors to click on players throughout the team's history, calling up key statistics, photographs, and other information. Game footballs, old programs and recreated uniforms from the team's history remain on display.
"This grand opening culminates over two years of detailed work and collaboration," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "No other professional sports team has the same kind of rich history and tradition that we have, and it's exciting to be able to celebrate that through the Hall of Fame."
The Packers partnered with the Packers Hall of Fame Inc. for their input on the space, and worked with several design and architecture firms to complete the work on the museum.
"We've come a long way since the Hall of Fame's beginnings in the Brown County Arena to this wonderful museum here today," said Hall of Fame Inc. president Perry Kidder. "This new facility will invite guests to actually feel the team's history and be a part of it. It all comes together to provide a magnificent Hall of Fame experience."
The Packers Hall of Fame closed in November of 2013 for renovations, and was relocated from the Atrium's lower level to the main floor, across from 1919 Kitchen & Tap. For information about the Packers Hall of Fame, please visit packers.com/lambeau-field/hall-of-fame/visit.html.