Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry 1960's Christmas - Our Visit to ATOM

"ATOM is the acronym for the Aluminum Tree and Aesthetically Challenged Seasonal Ornament Museum & Research Center. Established in Brevard, North Carolina in 1997, ATOM is the world's only Museum dedicated to the preservation and public display of vintage aluminum trees. "

The above is a direct quote from the website for the ATOM museum.
I have heard about this museum before, but almost forgot about it, until I ran across something on the internet recently. The museum has 2 locations, one in Nashville, TN and the one in Brevard. Since Brevard is not far from our SC home, my husband and I decided a visit to the museum would be a perfect day trip. We own 4 aluminum trees: a 2 foot hanging wall tree, a 4 foot, 6 foot and 7 foot tree. Space is limited in our house and we have not set them up in several years. We like them though, they take us back to the days of our youth...uh, well....many years ago.

So off we went last Wednesday and here is a taste of what we saw...

Above are the Dolly Parton theme tree and the Elvis theme tree.

The tree above that is veiled in nylon net is the Tammy Faye Bakker theme tree. Decorations on this tree include false eyelashes, various makeup, pointy toe high heel shoes, a wig with hair curlers and putty knives which the sign at the tree states are to be used to apply the makeup!
I also found a short video to give a better idea of the museum contents.

Although the museum was small, the visit was fun and we both enjoyed seeing all the trees in their various heights, colors, and decorations.

Merry 60's Christmas!

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