Will you still be open during construction?
We will continue to showcase our permanent collection, as well as, offer special exhibitions and a full slate of programming through September 6, 2015. In preparation for our Community Grand Opening, presented by PNC Arts Alive on Sunday, October 25, Columbus Museum of Art will be closed September 7 – October 24. This temporary hiatus allows us to streamline operations, test new systems, and put the finishing touches on our stunningly transformed institution.
What’s included in the expansion and new wing?
Increased special exhibition and collections spaces, a new restaurant, a new store, a new Sculpture Garden, expanded special events areas, a new entry experience.
What about parking?
Parking is FREE in the church lot off Gay and Ninth Streets Mon-Fri, and in the State Auto Lot on Sat-Sun. Parking meters are also available in the area.
Where will the entrance be during construction?
Our ADA accessible entrance will be off the new West Garden on 9th St.
Where will the Museum Store be located during construction?
The Museum Store is located in Gallery 6 on the second floor.
Are the Blue Lady and the Barrel coming back?
Yes! Spirit, by Mel Chin and Nocturne Navigator by Alison Saar will both have homes after the expansion.
Why are you expanding?
Our vision, created with your input, is to foster a dynamic visitor experience built around a world-class collection, which places CMA at the vanguard of a new movement among art museums that focuses not only on art, but also on visitors and their experiences with art and with each other. In addition, in 1931, when we owned 500 pieces of art, we had 10 gallery spaces. Today our collection numbers more than 10,000, yet those same 10 galleries remain.
When will the new wing be open?
The new wing will open to the public October 25, 2015 during the Community Grand Opening Celebration presented by PNC Arts Alive.