May 1, 2010
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is once again welcoming visitors after being closed for 10 months in order to complete a $150 million expansion project.
The Richmond museum had its grand reopening on Saturday with special events that included music, dancing and performance art.
The expanded museum has an additional 165,000 square feet, allowing for larger gallery and special exhibition space. That's in addition to the existing 380,000 square feet of the museum. The expansion also includes a 600-space parking deck.
Officials said the closure was necessary for the safety of the art collection as well as the visitors.
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