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Charleston museum begins $13M renovation project

CHARLESTON, S.C.  — The 110-year-old Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston’s historic district is beginning a renovation project costing more than $13 million.

The museum kicks off the 16-month renovation effort with a celebration on Saturday. Visitors will see the museum without its collection and will get a look at what the renovation will look like when it is done in 2016.

The event runs all day Saturday and includes arts activities, music and food.

Renovation work begins next month. When the project is done the museum will have 30 percent more gallery space and will be able to put on view more than twice as many works from its permanent collection.

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