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New wing of Tate Modern to open next summer

A 10-story expansion of the Tate Modern art museum in London will open next June.
A 10-story expansion of the Tate Modern art museum in London will open next June. Tate Modern

The new wing of the Tate Modern in London will open to the public on June 17, museum officials announced this week.

The long-awaited expansion, called the Switch House, will add 60 percent more space to the art museum, which originally opened in 2000 in a revamped old power plant. The addition was created by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, who designed the original.

With the expansion, Turbine Hall will be in the center, flanked by the existing six-story Boiler House on one side and the new 10-story Switch House rising above the Tanks — refurbished underground tanks that serve as galleries — on the other, the museum said. The museum is hugely popular, with 5.7 million people visiting it last year. Details: www.tate.org.uk.

— Miami Herald staff

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