FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Museum has received a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
The grant will allow the museum to install and equip the Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery.
The gallery will bring the museum's entire fine arts collection out of storage and into public view.
The museum, located in Fairbanks, is undergoing a $31 million expansion. In May, the Alaska legislature approved an $8 million appropriation to complete funding for the project. The museum is still seeking grants and other private funding for the gallery installation and to equip research laboratories and an education center.
The Murdock Trust is based in Vancouver, Wash. It awards grants to educational and cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest.
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