- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in downtown Hartford says it is closing some galleries as it wraps up a five-year, $33 million renovation project that began in 2010.

The museum’s Avery building that houses contemporary art and 18th- and 19th-century American art including works from the Hudson River School will remain open as work is completed on other buildings.

The museum held presentations Monday and Tuesday to offer an overview of the last phase of the renovation project. The work that has already been completed includes roof replacements and a high-security art storage system.

The Wadsworth was founded in 1842. It houses nearly 50,000 works of art in five connected buildings.

In January 2015 the Wadsworth is planning to launch a year of festivities celebrating the museum’s renewal.

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