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Milwaukee Art Museum going through rough winter season

People walk in the Milwaukee Art Museum, as a winter storm moves across the midwest, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin December, 22, 2013. REUTERS/Dar
People walk in the Milwaukee Art Museum, as a winter storm moves across the midwest, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin December, 22, 2013. REUTERS/Dar

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - It's been a rough winter at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Part of the floor is buckling on the upper level of the nearly 40-year-old Kahler Wing. Small puddles of moisture are being sopped up on window sills. And a space heater is keeping things warm near the wing's former entrance along Lake Michigan.

Officials said repair work got behind, while the Art Museum and the nearby War Memorial held negotiations on who would control the buildings within the complex. Those facilities are all owned by Milwaukee County.

An agreement was reached last August, in which new support levels from the county assured that repairs can be made. However, they cannot begin until the fall of 2015.

In the meantime, Art Museum spokeswoman Vicki Scharfberg said the top priority is to protect the art -- which needs controlled moisture and humidity levels in order to be preserved.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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