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Pop Icon Museums

Gary, Indiana to Open Michael Jackson Museum in Honor of the King of Pop

— June 3, 2010 — World
Gary, Indiana has decided to open a Michael Jackson museum to pay homage and honor to the late King of Pop. The $300 million museum is set to begin construction early next year; however, there are some skeptics who are hesitant that the project will even take off.

There have been rumors for months about a performing arts center and museum to honor the pop sensation; however, this time Rudy Clay, the mayor of Gary, is backing the project. The Michael Jackson museum will be sure to garner a lot of attention and plenty of visitors from devoted fans.
Trend Themes
1. Celebrity Museums - More cities and towns might follow in the footsteps of Gary, Indiana by opening other museums to honor pop icons.
2. Music Tourism - The opening of the Michael Jackson museum is expected to draw music fans and tourists to the city, which could be an opportunity to develop and promote music tourism offerings in other cities.
3. Virtual Celebrity Experiences - With advanced technology, it's possible to develop virtual experiences of celebrities that will provide fans with an alternative and innovative way of paying tribute to their favorite pop icons.
Industry Implications
1. Tourism - Cities and towns can develop new tourism offerings, such as celebrity museums, to attract more visitors and boost their local economy.
2. Arts and Entertainment - The opening of a Michael Jackson museum highlights how arts and entertainment can be used to preserve the legacy of pop icons and celebrate their influence on cultural history.
3. Technology - Technology can be leveraged to develop innovative experiences that pay homage to pop icons and offer fans new ways of connecting with them.
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