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November 14, 2010

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How does the MFA’s expansion add up?

When it comes to the Art of the Americas Wing and the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard, here are a few facts that count.

Size: 133,491 square feet

Number of galleries: 53

Artworks on view: more than 5,000

New acquisitions: about 500

Oldest artwork: Olmec mask, 900-500 BC

Newest artwork: “Canteen: Death of Hector,’’

Diego Romero, Nathan Begaye, 2003

Heaviest artwork: “Tomb Effigy of Elizabeth

Boott Duveneck,’’ Frank Duveneck and

Clement John Barnhorn, 7,120 pounds

Hours spent conserving paintings before opening: 20,000

Square feet of glass used: 72,000, from Germany

Tons of steel used: 2,050

Cubic yards of concrete used: 17,200

Construction workers on site at peak: 350

Height of glass ceiling in courtyard: 63 feet

Light fixtures: 7,000

Weight of a single glass door on largest display case, from Italy: 800 pounds

Male-female pairs of restrooms in new wing:

7 (only 4 in existing building)

Most expensive gift-store item related to the Art of the Americas: $2,520 sterling silver

four-piece Paul Revere tea set

SOURCE: MFA

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