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Aluminum Christmas Tree Exhibit To Open Nov. 7


Last updated 10/21/2020 at 4:09pm

The world renowned Aluminum Tree & Aesthetically Challenged Seasonal Ornament Museum and Research Center, ATOM, returns Nov. 7, 2020 to the Transylvania Heritage Museum at 189 W. Main St. in Brevard. ATOM is the world’s only Aluminum Tree exhibit dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees and ornaments. Many examples of the ultimate sustainable trees that were chic in the 1950s will be on display. To top it off, revolving color wheels spotlight the tacky and outrageous trees, such as Elvis and Marilyn Monroe.

ATOM got its beginning in 1991. Steven Jackson, a local home designer, was given a tattered aluminum Christmas tree, as a joke, that a friend found in the garbage. Remembering the silver tree in his childhood home, Jackson threw a party and invited guests to bring the “most aesthetically challenged” ornaments they could find. It turned out to be a big hit. A few years later, someone gave Jackson a second tree found at a yard sale. By 1998, he owned seven, when he said, “It was just too many trees to fit in my house.” Over the years ATOM has become one of the most popular exhibits at the museum.

The museum, and exhibit, is a free, self-guided tour. Donations are welcomed.

In a region where people are adamant about preserving and protecting nature, ATOM strives to preserve the legacy of the distant cousin of our forest trees, the Aluminum Christmas Tree.

COVID-19 Information: All volunteers and visitors will be required to wear a face covering. Social distancing will be enforced by only allowing a limited number of visitors inside at a time. Hand-to-hand transactions will be kept to a minimum.


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