As public awareness of the Monuments Men continues to grow -- thanks in no small part to the
The National WWII Museum said its planned Monuments Men gallery is expected to open in 2016 and will be part of the museum's new Liberation Pavilion.
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"This gallery will be a journey into the heart of the greatest treasure hunt in history," said Edsel in a statement released by the museum. "I couldn't be more proud than to have it at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, the official WWII museum of the United States and a world-class institution."
Museum officials said the new gallery will focus on the recovery of art seized by the
The work of the Monuments Men came to the public fore late last year when news broke about a stash of art recovered from the Munich apartment of a man who is the son of a prominent Nazi art dealer.
The group of Monuments Men consisted primarily of experts from the U.S. and Europe. They included such prominent scholars as James Rorimer, an art expert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York who would eventually become that museum's director, and George Stout, a conservator at Harvard's Fogg Art Museum when the war broke out.