NYC museum more open after $65M renovation

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This Nov. 8, 2011 photo shows The New York Historical Society museum in New York.  The New-York Historical Society has added a children's museum, loads of interactive features, and a motion-sensitive reproduction of a 19th-century painting. These are some of the changes at New York City's oldest museum following a three-year, $65 million renovation. It reopens to the public on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's oldest museum reopens to the public on Friday following a three-year, $65 million renovation.

The New-York Historical Society, a 207-year-old institution, has added a children's museum, loads of interactive features, and a motion-sensitive reproduction of a 19th century painting that becomes animated when visitors walk by.

President and CEO Louise Mirrer says the changes are intended to make the building more inviting and emphasize the history and culture of New York City within the country's broader history.

The building on Central Park West has a new entrance, and passersby can see the expansive new gallery inside. Life-size bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass have been placed out front.

Museum collections include Tiffany lamps, Audubon watercolors and Hudson River School paintings.

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