- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A $14 million renovation plan has been unveiled for the New York State Museum in downtown Albany.

The state Board of Regents today on Monday reviewed a multi-year renovation plan for the museum’s exhibition galleries. Officials say the plan calls for 35,000 square feet of new exhibitions, a changeable wall system and new interactive technology and media.

The new galleries will tell New York’s story by focusing on various themes highlighting the state’s natural, cultural and historical resources.

The renovation is expected to be completed in multiple phases over four years. The museum will remain open during the work, although some galleries will be closed temporarily.

The State Museum opened in its current location in 1976 on the southern end of the Empire State Plaza. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

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