Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opens in one month

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – One month from today, Richmond's newly improved Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will re-open to the public.

Art takes time and patience…and getting it all to fit in place for a museum's grand re-opening takes a combination of everything.

Alex Nyerges is the museum's CEO. He says, "In a month from right now. People are going to be wowed."

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will soon be one of the top 10 comprehensive art museums in the nations. It's been expanded to 540,000 total square feet. Crews are adding a café and fine dining restaurant. They've built a 600 car parking garage which will be covered with a sculpture garden.

"You can see in, you feel welcome, it's free. This is your museum and, yes, the architecture is all about accessibility," said Suzanne Hall who is with the museum.

It looks like there's still a lot of work to be done, but after four years of construction the museum is in the home stretch.

Nyerges says the museum has, "Great vistas from the outside, wonderful spaces to be in; to stand in to explore."

Again the museum will open to the General Public on May 1. There's a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. that Saturday and there are events scheduled all weekend long.

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