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World War II Museum Plans Gallery For Art Rescuers

World War II Museum Plans Gallery For Art Rescuers

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans plans a gallery commemorating the work of men and women who saved stolen cultural treasures from destruction by the Nazis — efforts also portrayed in a movie, "The Monuments Men," set for release in February.

The museum announced plans for the gallery on Thursday. It will open in 2016 as part of the museum's developing "Liberation Pavilion," an area dedicated to the closing months of the war and the immediate postwar years.

A museum news release says the gallery will highlight wartime measures taken to locate hundreds of thousands of stolen art works, including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo. It also will recreate for visitors the journey some art-rescuers took through an Austrian salt mine where some works were stored.

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