Maryhill Museum says expansion on schedule

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GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) -- An expansion at the Maryhill Museum of Art is on schedule and slated to open in spring 2012.

The 25,000-foot expansion is the first in the museum's 97-year history. The expansion will allow for a dedicated art education center, storage for art collections, an outdoor plaza and a cafe with terrace seating and views of the Columbia River Gorge.

The museum said in a statement Tuesday that its capital campaign has raised $9 million toward the expansion, with $500,000 still to be raised.

The museum, founded by Northwest entrepreneur Sam Hill, opened to the public in 1940 on a hill overlooking the river near Goldendale. Its permanent exhibits include more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, Orthodox icons and unique chess sets.