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Czech Museum prepares for its grand opening

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

After four years of cleaning, moving, and finding the funds to do so, the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids will have its grand opening this weekend.

The museum was destroyed during the 2008 floods when several feet of water poured into the building. Then in 2011, the museum was moved to a new location, this time three feet higher than the 2008 flood level.

Finally, this weekend, the museum will kick off its grand re-opening with a two day celebration. 

More than $25 million went into the restoration project, which included individual donations, state funds and donations from the Czech Republic.

This weekend's event will feature an exhibit from world famous artist Alphonse Mucha.

"In the past, Alphonse Mucha was always regarded as a master of Art Nouveau," Curator Tomoko Sato said.  "And that is true. We didn't have the opportunity to look at his roots and the thinking behind that and also his Czech background how it actually influenced his life and career and artistic philosophy."

Sato says these works of Alphonse Mucha make up the only exhibit of its large size and caliber seen in the United States since 1999.

The exhibit will feature more than 230 rare works by Mucha and continue through December.

For more on this weekend's festival, click here.

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