Britney Spears Museum Underway

Published June 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Two residents of Britney Spears’ hometown of Kentwood, La., are acting as curators of a museum devoted to the 18-year-old pop star. Sandy Reed and Kathy Bryan say the new attraction will take visitors through the singer’s childhood and early success as a TV Mouseketeer to her recent chart-topping success. 

Of course, there will be a gift shop for Britneybilia.  

The new institution will be part of the local Kentwood Museum, and comes in response to a flood of calls to state and local tourism councils from fans anxious to visit the Spears’ old haunts. 

“It was the museum’s idea,” says Reed. “We’ve had a lot of requests … from people who wanted to come in and see something concerning Britney … We all know Britney and her family and we think that this is just a wonderful success story for a young person.”  

In her short time in show business, Spears has sold more than 12 million albums and hosted her own TV special. She is currently on tour throughout North America.  

Bryan, who lived next door to Spears, met earlier this month with the divette’s manager and accountant in New York, and says both liked the idea.  

Spears’ parents have donated some childhood dresses and other items, Reed says, adding that she and other volunteers are looking for more memorabilia. 

“This is something that she wants, her family wants, and they’re doing whatever it takes to make this a success,” says Reed, who hopes to open the museum as early as January. 

“She [Spears] only has a small window of opportunity to be here and we are going to try to have a grand opening,” says Reed. “But if it doesn’t work for her to be here at that time, we will probably schedule it around her time to be here”—  

According to E-Online, founder of the fan website,, Rajiv Doshi, stated "I think as most of her fans would agree, it's about time she got her own museum." 

“It will show people that she has had a huge impact on our culture already, and will continue to because she is here to stay," he added— (Various Sources) 

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