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New $500 Million MFA Wing Opening Soon

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The $500 million Arts of the Americas wing opens to the public on Nov. 20. (credit: MFA)

The $500 million Arts of the Americas wing opens to the public on Nov. 20. (credit: MFA)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Art always begins with a vision. A Boston institution is getting ready to unveil a vision that is 10 years and $500 million in the making. The Museum of Fine Arts is putting the finishing touches on its new Art of the Americas wing.

The new wing opens to members only on Sunday, November 14. The public can see the impressive new displays beginning on November 20.

Friday the MFA opened the new wing to members of the media, and we in turn can bring those pictures to you.

Raw Video: Inside the new MFA Wing

The MFA, the crown jewel in Boston’s arts community, broke ground on this vision five years ago. Now the gallery space featuring 5,000 works of art and the 134,000 square foot glass courtyard are a reality.

Among the treasures visitors will see in the Art of the Americas Wing:

The famous silver Paul Revere Liberty Bowl made back in 1768; Thomas Sully’s monumental “Passage of the Delaware” painted in 1819; From the 20th century exhibit, a 1965 oil canvas by abstract artist Cesar Paternosto.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports

Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee told WBZ’s Deb Lawler that the new wing is straight-forward from the outside, but “tremendous” on the inside.

Sebastian Smee speaks with Deb Lawler

A slideshow of some of the pieces in the wing

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