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St. Louis Art Museum Renovations Nearly Complete

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Millions of dollars have been poured into the St. Louis Art Museum. It is all part of an expansion project that will not only modernize exhibits, but make the museum easier to use.

From the front, the museum may not look very different, but if you look a little closer, you'll see over $160 million in improvements.  New galleries have already been added. Some, instead of focusing on ancient art, now focus on more modern concerns like food and eating.

The east wing is still under construction but curators say they expect it to open for guests by next year.  Visitors will soon find underground parking and a new restaurant.

Of the $160 million going into the building, the museum has raised $150 million themselves. That has put a lot of people to work, especially local iron workers putting in new ceilings that will bring in more natural light.