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President Jimmy Carter talks about new museum

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ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) - After more than five months, the newly renovated Jimmy Carter Museum in Atlanta is set to open Wednesday, just in time for the President's birthday.

The Carter Center has undergone a major renovation, but before it can be opened to the public, President and Mrs. Carter got a sneak peak.

News Leader Nine caught up with them Tuesday, and here's what they think about the new place.

President Jimmy Carter said, "We think it will be a good opportunity for visitors to see a continuum of what happens before, during and after a person is president and it ties it all together."

The $10 million redesign project for the Carter Center was paid for by private donors. The displays take visitors from the time of President Carter's birth up to today.

Rosalynn Carter told News Leader Nine, It's our whole life almost. From Plains, Georgia to present time and it brings back a lot of memories."

After looking around the almost 70,000 square foot facility, the Mrs. Carter says her favorite part is, "All of the curtains have been taken down and the light comes in and you can see a beautiful view of Atlanta. I had worked a long time to get rid of those curtains."

President carter favored another part of the museum more, "Our favorite so far is the new portion that shows what we've been doing for the last 25 to 30 years since we left the White House."

The official grand opening will take place on October 1st, President Carter's 85th birthday.

"This is an additional demonstration of how much friendship has meant to me all through my life. From the beginning, to the Peanut Brigade that helped put me in the White House, and now these friends have made the work of the Carter Center possible around the world. So, it's a very important birthday for me."

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