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Renovated Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is officially open to the public

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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — The renovated Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is officially open to the public.

The new Hall of Fame is 15,000 square feet spread across two levels and features nine galleries in the Lambeau Field atrium. It opened Friday.

It incorporates new technology and interactive displays to allow fans to look back at the Packers' achievements in history while celebrating the team today.

The team's president and chief executive officer, Mark Murphy, said he thinks their Hall of Fame is better than the sports flagship Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

"I was just in Canton, was there for Ron Wolf's induction and had an opportunity to walk through Canton it's a wonderful, wonderful hall of fame. I'm a little biased I have to admit, but I believe this is much nicer," Murphy said, referring to the former Packers general manager added to the Hall of Fame.

The initial gallery on the first floor serves as a broad overview of the organization. A color-coded timeline on the right-hand wall, conveniently located next to a panel labeled, "The Greatest Story in Sports," traces the Packers from inception to world champions.

But it's the second level where the museum comes to life, where an escalator carries patrons through a procession of mannequins donning every Packers uniform from 1919 to 1997 against a classic barn backdrop.

The hall, of course, displays the team's four Lombardi trophies, the Packers' NFL championship trophies and a selection of Super Bowl rings and championship jewelry. Visitors can also experience a replica of Vince Lombardi's office and a special Ice Bowl exhibit.

There are also tributes to all 23 Packers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and 154 members of the Packers Hall of Fame.

The hall had been closed since November 2014 to undergo renovations. Some artifacts were on display at the Neville Public Museum during the interim. Online:

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PHOTO: People tour a replica of legendary coach Vince Lombardi's office Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame museum inside Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Spanning  two stories and featuring nine galleries, the 15,000-square foot museum was designed to be equal parts celebration and education, with a wealth of technological improvements to carry the material into the modern era.  (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)
People tour a replica of legendary coach Vince Lombardi's office Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame museum inside Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Spanning two stories and featuring nine galleries, the 15,000-square foot museum was designed to be equal parts celebration and education, with a wealth of technological improvements to carry the material into the modern era. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

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PHOTO: Landon Carr, 6, and his mother Courtney, ride the escalator to the second floor Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame museum inside Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. It was the six-year-old wish to travel to Green Bay from his home in suburban Seattle to visit the museum which opened today. Spanning  two stories and featuring nine galleries, the 15,000-square foot museum was designed to be equal parts celebration and education, with a wealth of technological improvements to carry the material into the modern era.  (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)
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