The design advances the goals of expanded and improved art and public spaces, while increasing accessibility throughout the museum.
Elements of the museum transformation include:
– Welcome new entrances allowing ease of access for visitors of all ages and abilities.
– Additional galleries adopting new technologies and allowing a more extensive exhibition of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.
– A community studio filled with supplies and tools for daily use and special programming.
– A larger outdoor space with plants and foliage native to Nebraska in addition to sculptures and spaces dedicated to programming and outdoor events.
– An expanded Gary E. Zaruba Library and Research Center will accommodate the growing collection of books, reference materials and ephemera.
– A centrally located open common area and the Anne Thorne Weaver museum shop. The common area will include comfortable seating and a coffee bar.
– Increase in the area in square feet for the storage of works of art and the preparation of the exhibition.
– Fully updated mechanical systems with particular attention to the safety of the collection.
During the construction period and until the reopening of MONA, museum staff will be relocated and will offer ways to stay connected to MONA and its collection through both online and offsite initiatives. Additionally, MONA will team up with other cultural partners to deliver programs, the statement said.