Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Council Approves Site For Atomic Museum.(Metropolitan)

Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

Backers Eye Federal Funding for Project

Backers of a plan to move Albuquerque's National Atomic Museum have their eyes on federal funding now that they have signed a lease with the city of Albuquerque on a new museum site.

The lease, approved by the City Council last week on a 9-0 vote, gives the museum a new home in the city's Balloon Fiesta Park.

But the lease is just the first step in making a move, said museum director Jim Walther, and the next steps require museum backers to raise a significant amount of money.

The museum is now located on Kirtland Air Force Base.

Museum officials have long wanted it moved out into the community, partly because its current home is a 51-year-old converted hangar building and partly because its location on a military base makes it difficult for members of the public to get to. …

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