Eli Broad returned to his alma mater Michigan State University over the weekend to inaugurate a new contemporary art museum that bears his name. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum had a formal dedication on Saturday and opened to the public on Sunday.
The museum on the university's East Lansing campus was designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Broad gave $28 million to MSU in 2007 for the creation of the museum -- $21 million going toward construction of the facility and $7 million for acquisitions, exhibitions and other functions.
Construction began in March 2010. The museum had been set to open in April, but a delay reportedly arose from a problem with glass panels that did not fit properly. The final estimated cost of the new structure is $45 million.
Broad and his wife, Edythe, attended the weekend's inaugural ceremonies. The Los Angeles billionaire called the building an "architectural masterpiece," according to a report from the Lansing State Journal.