North Carolina Museum of Art opens it doors

RALEIGH It's been about three years and $73 million in the making.

"I saw kids playing outside on the some of the sort of living sculpture and its great, I mean there's something for everybody," NC Art Museum Member Sharon Brown said.

The 127,000 square foot building is made of up more glass than the typical art museum, with some of the finest pieces spanning several centuries, continents and genres.

The Rodin Collection is the largest in the Southeast, rivaling the biggest in the country.

"A lot of the people that are listed on this table have given money to the capitol campaign in support of the museum's operations and its programming as well as art," NC Art Museum Department Director Caterri Woodrum said.

During a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning, Governor Bev Perdue touted the value of the venue.

"These leaders in a very recessed economy, stepped up and put a million dollars of our tax dollars, to the use of a public purpose for art," she said.

State taxpayers spent $52 million for construction alone with Wake County and Raleigh chipping in $15 million.

All have committed $6 million for repairs bringing the total to $73 million.

"It may seem a little steep at this point, but this is going to last for generations and generations and generations," Brown said.

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