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Morgan Library Reopens Next Month

Visitors look at one of the earliest original manuscripts of the Magna Carta from 1217 in an unexpected showcase of the extremely rare document at the Morgan Library & Museum - New York, NY - Apr 21, 2010 - Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Visitors look at one of the earliest original manuscripts of the Magna Carta from 1217 at the Morgan Library & Museum (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Morgan Library & Museum’s historic McKim, Mead and White building in New York City will reopen next month after a $4.5 million restoration of its ornate interior.

It’s the first major restoration of the McKim-designed space since the building opened in 1906. It will reopen Oct. 30.

The museum’s new glass-and-steel wing designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano remained open during the renovations.

The restored interior will open with a show of nearly 300 objects from 3500 to the 20th century. Previously, some 30 artifacts were regularly on view.

The building once housed the private study and library of financier Pierpont Morgan. He collected rare objects, including illuminated medieval manuscripts, and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and other old masters.

LINK: The Morgan Library & Museum (Official Site)

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