CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Museum of Art held a special grand opening Sunday for the museum's new, 39,000 square foot, five story, Ames Family Atrium.
Visitors were entertained by over 40 cultural groups. Performances included Irish dance, Japanese drumming and Russian chorus. Children were also able to show their artistic side at an arts and crafts table.
Admission to public was free.
"This is a very exciting day for Cleveland, " said Cleveland Musuem of Art Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer August Napoli." We have, really, a celebration that's pure and authentic to the heritage of this institution."
In conjunction with the atrium grand opening, Provenance Restaurant & Cafe also opened its doors for visitors looking for something to dine on while touring the museum. The Museum Store also opened its doors for art lovers looking to purchase unique merchandise from all over the world.
The covered atrium will provide the museum a place to offer year-round entertainment for visitors, regardless of the weather conditions.
"It's Cleveland's dome stadium. The Browns could play here if they'd like," joked Napoli.