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Gazette Premium Content NYC design museum gets $10M toward renovation

Associated Press Updated: February 6, 2014 at 10:19 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has received a $10 million gift toward the renovation of its Carnegie mansion.

It said Thursday the gift from the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation is the largest gift in the history of the New York City museum.

An expansive new gallery will be named after the couple.

The money will support new interactive displays and digital access to the 217,000-object collection.

The renovation is part of an $89 million capital campaign that includes redesign of Cooper-Hewitt's Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.

When the museum reopens in the fall it will have 60 percent more gallery space.

Barbara Mandel has served on the museum's board for 17 years. Her husband co-founded the Cleveland-based Premier Industrial Corporation, which merged with Farnell Electronics in 1996.

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