A major expansion project is taking shape at the Anchorage Museum. Workers put the last steel beam in place on the project Wednesday morning.

When it’s completed in September of 2017, the expanded east wing will give the museum an additional 25,000-square feet of space. Museum Director Julie Decker said the extra room will be used to display art that is currently in storage.

“This will allow us to have dedicated space for our art collection and allow us to bring almost 200 additional works out of storage and into public view,” Decker said.

The expansion also includes renovating the Alaska Gallery on the second floor. Decker said the gallery will close at the end of July and open again when the entire project is completed in 2017.

Decker said the $24 million project is entirely funded with private donations.

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