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Chrysler museum in Va. closing for $24M renovation

Wednesday - 12/26/2012, 7:50am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk is closing for more than a year while it undergoes a $24 million expansion and renovation.

The museum is hosting a free party for the public Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate the project and thank the community for its support.

Sunday will be the last day that the public can visit the museum. It's expected to reopen in April 2014.

The museum is storing much of its collection at other sites. But some pieces will be displayed at other outlets. The museum also will continue its art education programs.

Museum director Bill Hennessey tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/Tov5gs that the expansion is part of a $45 million capital campaign. The campaign also funded a glass studio and some endowments.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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