Milwaukee Art Museum unveils design for new building

Freeman Staff

April 8, 2014

 The Milwaukee Art Museum released this design of a new building that will feature an additional entrance and glass atrium along the lakefront.
Submitted artist rendering

MILWAUKEE Ė The Milwaukee Art Museum released designs for a proposed new building that will include a glass atrium along the lakefront.

The 17,000-square foot building is part of a $15 million project to reorganize more than 30,000 works of art in the museumís permanent collection galleries in the War Memorial Complex. Milwaukee County will spend another $10 million to repair the Saarinen and Kahler buildings, which it owns.

The project advanced last July when the Milwaukee County Board passed the measure unanimously.

The museumís glass atrium would create an additional entrance to the museum, as well as places that sit nearby along the lakefront. The project also includes creating additional gallery space, the reclaiming of some existing space for presenting art, improving lighting with new LED bulbs throughout the museumís galleries and additional bathrooms on every level.

The museum will remain open throughout the restoration process and its major events like the Lakefront Festival of Art, MAM After Dark, and Yoga and Art in Bloom will continue. Feature exhibits will remain in the Calatrava wing.

Repairs and restorations to the Milwaukee County War Memorial and the Milwaukee Art Museum are set to begin in the fall.