DETROIT (WWJ) – A big success for the Detroit Historical Museum’s grand re-opening weekend.

Thousands of people checked out the newly-renovated museum during its grand re-opening over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The celebration was the culmination of six months of construction and the completion of its first major renovation project since the 1960s.

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“We were open 55 and a half consecutive hours from 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning all the way through til 5 p.m. Sunday,” said Bob Sadler, the museum’s public relations director. “And in that time, we welcomed just under 15,000 visitors to the Detroit Historical Museum for our grand reopening weekend.”

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The Detroit Historical Society spent $12 million building five new exhibits and giving a facelift to many of its galleries. The museum is no longer charging an admission fee, however, it is accepting donations at the door.

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