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The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery is closing for major renovations on Dec. 9, and isn't expected to reopen until 2016.

The building, which is a National Historic Landmark, hasn't seen a project this comprehensive in 40 years. The plan includes completely renewed infrastructure, the recreation of the original window configuration, and other upgrades. Part of the plan is to make the Renwick the first museum in the United States illuminated entirely by LED-lights, which officials say will reduce energy consumption by as much as 70 percent.

The exhibits and permanent collection housed in the building feature craft and decorative arts dating from the 19th-century to the present.

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