Philadelphia Museum of Art

Photograph courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

After 15 years of planning, design, and reconstruction, the Philadelphia Museum of Art unveiled its $233 million Frank Gehry transformation late Friday morning with a ribbon cutting outside the newly revamped West entrance.

Mayor Jim Kenney spoke, Philadelphia’s youth poet laureate Cydney Brown recited a poem with the enticing line “Inside you’ll see,” and then first-day visitors entered through the new glass doors — replacing the revolving-door bottleneck of old — for a look at the 90,000 square feet of newly designed space.

“I was most excited to see the new entrance — it’s absolutely stunning,” said Angelina Maniero, 19. “There’s no barriers or tables anymore, and it’s just a lot more open and inviting than before.”

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