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NEW WING: Collect, Preserve, Present – Art For Everyone

The Museum will break ground August 22 for the third and final phase of construction and renovation. The Museum will remain open throughout construction. A grand celebration to unveil the new facilities is planned for fall of 2015.

Columbus Museum of Art is built for the community by the community. Generations of families have invested in the Museum through gifts of art, time, talent and treasure. However, as the community and the collection have grown, the Museum’s size has remained the same. 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.

Our current space is unable to accommodate large events and many of the biggest and best exhibitions because it no longer meets current museum industry standards. The quality of the Museum’s collection – along with CMA’s reputation for innovative programs – creates opportunities for unique collaborations with global organizations. A bigger, livelier and more experiential space will highlight the collection and make room for memories.

Coupled with an endowment that has doubled in size, this competitive museum will attract the best national and international touring exhibitions, borrow incomparable works of art and draw crowds from all regions to exhibitions, programs and other special events.

Priorities for the 50,000 square foot new wing include:

  • Creating a new entry experience
  • Expanding special events areas
  • Increasing special exhibition and collections spaces
  • Designing a new store and restaurant
  • Planting and installing a new Sculpture Garden