ALLIANCE: A museum specializing in the history and art of World War I and II is closing.
A display of 325 original paintings and drawings from World War I, on the centennial of the beginning of the war, will go on tour in museums around the world.
The World War History & Art Museum (WWHAM), located in a strip shopping center at 1300 E. State St., opened three years ago. It will close to the public April 17.
Joel Parkinson, director and curator of the museum, said the Brushes with War: Paintings and Drawings by the Troops of World War I exhibit will be go on tour in museums in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with those plans to be finalized.
“Over the last three years that WWHAM has been open, admissions at the door have only covered a fraction of our overhead costs,” Parkinson said. “Numerous marketing efforts have not produced enough local interest to justify continued operations here in Alliance.”
But, Parkinson said, there is “substantial interest and demand for our exhibits elsewhere. About 86 percent of our patrons have come from outside Alliance. So it makes sense to close WWHAM and take our exhibits on the road.”
Parkinson said he will work to develop other exhibits at the museum to go on display at other museums.
“Most notably, WWHAM is looking for a new home for its HO scale model of the 2nd Panzer Division in 1944 with over 15,000 tanks, armored vehicles, trucks, artillery, motorcycles and men,” he said.
Other exhibits at the museum include the outbreak of World War I, trench art, Hitler’s aggression, tank warfare in WWII, women in WWII, aviation art by the pilots and airmen of WWII, the history of toy soldiers and local contributions to the war effort.
Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children 6 or younger are free. Hours until April 17 are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For more on the museum, go to www.wwham.com or call 330-829-3911.
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.