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Updated: 12/05/2013 12:28 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state parks department has a new warehouse for its collection of historical artifacts, and the building will soon be open to the public.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/18bMKzA) that the Museum Collections Center in Sacramento's McClellan Park was unveiled on Wednesday after a more-than-four-year refurbishing project that cost $15 million.

The center serves as storage space for the millions of documents, photographs and artifacts in the park system's collection. The artifacts include among the largest collections of Native American basketry anywhere and a section of tree where 19th century explorer Kit Carson carved his name.

State officials say the new building is an improvement over the old storage space, much of which was not climate controlled.

The Museum Collections Center will also be open to the public starting on Jan. 7.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

 ©2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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