"We just couldn't afford to stay," said museum vice chairman Maj. Gen. Nat H. Rob. "We were looking for another spot and the Citadel Mall management came to the rescue."
Rob said moving the museum has been no easy task. He said museum officials and volunteers worked for four weeks in preparation of Tuesday's final day at the location on Concord Street.
"It took a week or two to get the exhibits out and then another couple of weeks to tear down the displays and display cases," Rob said.
The museum expects to also lose some displays as it moves to a much smaller space. Rob said one of the targets will be the WWII uniforms. He said the number of WWII uniforms displayed is likely to be reduced.
"We just don't have as much space as we had before," he said.
The museum hopes to reopen in August or September.
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