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Faneuil Hall Opens New Visitor Center

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Mayor Tom Menino cuts the ribbon at opening of new visitor center at Faneuil Hall.

Mayor Tom Menino cuts the ribbon at opening of new visitor center at Faneuil Hall.

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Boston’s Faneuil Hall is celebrating the opening of a new visitor’s center.

The new enhanced facility includes interactive exhibits, an audio visual orientation program, handicapped-accessible public restrooms, and a bookstore.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

The space also includes 7,400 square feet for visitor services and community meeting space.

The project is a collaboration of the city of Boston and the National Park Service.

Among those on hand to celebrate the opening on Friday were U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano.

Menino praised the work saying, “Debates and forums are still held upstairs, so I think Mr. Faneuil would be very proud of today’s Faneuil Hall.”

The historic hall has hosted key events in the nation’s history, from the American Revolution through contemporary political debates.

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