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.

“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.”

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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