The National Health Museum is scheduled to open in Atlanta in 2013

The new National Health Museum (NHM) is scheduled to open in Atlanta in 2013. The museum will be in downtown Atlanta near Centennial Olympic Park.

NHM organizers estimate up to 1.4 million people will visit the museum annually. Atlanta won the bid for the museum over Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia.

The museum will feature health-related exhibits and its mission is to inspire vistors to live healthier lives through education.

Mark Vaughan, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), said that “health, medical and pharmaceutical meetings represent approximately five to 10 percent of annual convention attendees, ranking in the top five among approximately 40 market segments that have held meetings in Atlanta recently. Adding the National Health Museum to Downtown’s great attractions enhances our city’s destination appeal and further promotes Atlanta’s position in the global health community.” The museum will be funded by a combination of personal, corporate, foundation and government contributors. NHM has secured more than $12 million to operate current educational programs, build an online CyberMuseum and plan for the physical museum. The museum has the active support of every major sector of the health community and the endorsements of more than 150 major health and medical organizations.