Wing of American History Museum to Close Through 2015

Wing houses exhibits on political history, Julia Child, pop culture, and the first ladies

Friday, Nov 2, 2012  |  Updated 12:27 PM EDT
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Wing of American History Museum to Close Through 2015

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Julia Child's kitchen on display in August 2012.

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A wing of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will close later this month for a two-and-a-half year renovation project.

The museum's west wing normally houses exhibits on political history, Julia Child, pop culture, and the first ladies. The first ladies exhibit has moved to the Rose Gallery on the museum's third floor.

You can see a list of closed exhibits here.

When the west wing reopens in 2015, it will include new exhibits exploring the history of American business, innovation, democracy and culture. It will include new public plazas, an education center and a new Hall of Music.

The $37 million project is a new phase of the museum's ongoing renovation. The entire museum was closed for two years, reopening in 2008 with revamped exhibits and a new grand staircase.

That project also included the construction of a new gallery for the Star-Spangled Banner and 10-foot-tall artifact walls on the first and second floors, as well as infrastructure updates.

During the new project, the museum's center core and east wing will remain open.

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