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First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inauguration of the American Wing

In May 2007, the Museum began a comprehensive renovation of The American Wing. In May 2009, the second phase of the project was completed. Inaugurating the new rooms, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed the importance of preserving American History through the Arts, and the integral role cultural institutions play in the inspiration and support of creativity.

This ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the reopening of The Charles Engelhard Court and twenty historic Period Rooms. The First Lady is introduced by Emily K. Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Learn more about the collection in The New American Wing:
http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/plan-your-visit/audio-guide/collection-american

Learn more about plans for the finished New American Wing, to open January 16, 2012:
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/new-american-wing

Collections, The American Wing (49)

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Motion Drapes a Body at Rest
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Murder at the Met
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The New American Wing Galleries
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Teen Screens—Set in Stone
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New American Wing Galleries
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The Electrotyping Process
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