When it came to Lubbock in 2002, the Vatican exhibit drew 123,000 visitors from around the country. First Lady Laura Bush, Texas First Lady Anita Perry, and actress Farrah Fawcett came to view 31 medieval frescos.
Now the city of Post hopes to draw international visitors to view art of similar caliber. The former C.W. Post building has been donated to the National Exhibits Association, and it will be the home of a new museum in 2009.
"I think that's going to be our biggest economic driver in a long time," said Wanda Mitchell, executive director of Post Commerce and Tourism.
The goal is to bring collections of historical and contemporary art and artifacts from the Vatican museum and other prominent collections.