The Georgia Writers Museum is reopening for regular hours for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, April 22, the museum will officially be open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Executive Director Melissa Swindell says she is excited for the museum to hold regular hours again and said the destination will have two new exhibits for the public to enjoy. The History of Printing exhibit will feature the evolution of printing methods from book presses to typewriters and computers. Hall-of-Fame author, musician and poet from Macon, Sidney Lanier, will also be featured in an exhibit that features items that he owned throughout his life including his prized possession, a silver-cast flute he played in the first symphony orchestra in Baltimore in 1870.
“One of the funniest things we received are his alligator bedroom slippers and those are on display as well,” Swindell shared. “It shows you the full person, from waking up in the morning to playing in the orchestra.”
The museum will also feature a new collection of lifelike busts of Eatonton’s famous authors – Alice Walker, Joel Chandler Harris and Flannery O’Conner – created by sculptor Monika Moser.
Moser described her work as “a fun, creative project with some real heavy lifting.” She has always been a supporter of the museum and said, “[Melissa Swindell and Paula Benjamin] are doing a lot of great things there.”
“It was a spur of the moment idea while looking for something worthwhile with the ability I have,” she explained.
“They’re beautiful, lifelike replicas,” Swindell said. “We’re grateful to Monika for donating them, and they’re an eye-catching centerpiece of our window display that will draw in visitors.”
“I think having regular hours will be exciting,” Swindell said of the new schedule. “We’re a weekend destination for people who are traveling through the area. This will give people who come into town for the weekend, or a day trip a chance to jut wander in as they’re going through the town square. We’re excited to get back to regular hours to make sure that everything we’re doing is open to the public and available. That’s what we’re there for.”
The public is invited to begin visiting the Georgia Writers Museum on April 22. The museum’s regular hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.