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Muhammad Ali's boyhood home gets makeover, set to open Saturday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Sure we've seen movies, read books and watched old clips of Muhammad Ali's fights.

But what is set to open on Saturday is truly is a rare look at life before all the titles, before all the fame, even before he before he was known as the Louisville Lip.

You may have to use your imagination on this one, but let's travel back to the late 1940s.  At that time, the pink place at 3302 Grand Avenue was just a simple home to the Clay family. A young Cassius shared his bedroom with his brother. 

"Muhammad and I used to run and play in the backyard," said Rahman Ali, Muhammad's brother. 

Rahman sat down with WDRB News and shared the good times that have never gone away. Starting Saturday, those memories will come to life in an interactive museum.

It took $300,000 to make it happen, but now the boyhood home of Muhammad Ali is ready to open to the public. The home next door also got a makeover and serves as a gift shop and the place to buy tickets. 

The grand-opening on Saturday hopes to draw in people from all over to get that intimate look at Louisville's favorite fighter. 

And maybe, just maybe, if you look and listen close enough some, of that grainy Ali footage will take on a whole new perspective ... that is after you take the tour.

"If you are here in person, there is a spirit to this house, there is a memory," said museum curator Evan Bochetto.   

Muhammad's brother Rahman wants to sell the first ticket to the tour of the house on Saturday. 

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids

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