Faulty vents see new Prado wing shut down

29th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The new extension to the Prado Museum in Madrid had to be temporarily shut down Thursday because of problems with the ventilation system, Culture Ministry sources said.

29 February 2008

MADRID - The new extension to the Prado Museum in Madrid had to be temporarily shut down Thursday because of problems with the ventilation system, Culture Ministry sources said.

The ceiling of a room that displays 19th century art began condensing water droplets because of a faulty fan, prompting the museum's  decision to close off several rooms to preserve the paintings from damage - although some rooms were already open to the public again by 6pm.

The Prado extension took five years to build at a cost of EUR 152 million, and it was inaugurated last 30 October by the Spanish royals.

This is the second time the museum has closed down the new wing; a few months ago several stone floor tiles had to be replaced after cracks began showing up in them.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

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