Cleveland Museum of Art marks project milestone

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Museum of Art is marking another milestone in its $350 million, eight-year expansion and renovation.

On Sunday the museum is opening its new 39,000-quare-foot glass-enclosed atrium connecting old and new museum buildings.

The museum calls it the largest free public space in northeast Ohio.

The museum also will debut its new restaurant and gift shop on Sunday.

The museum and expansion that began in 2005 will provide 33 percent more gallery space plus more space for educational programs and events and visitor-friendly upgrades.

The museum expects all the work to be completed by the end of next year.