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Art museum to close to prep for expansion

Posted August 5, 2009 11:56 a.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2009 2:41 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Museum of Art will temporarily close for seven months, beginning Sept. 7, to prepare for the opening of its new gallery building next spring.

The 127,000-square-foot expansion, which will house the museum's permanent collection, is scheduled to open in mid-April.

During the seven-month hiatus, art handlers will move and install more than 750 works of art into the new galleries. Many works will go into the conservation lab to be treated, cleaned or reframed.

The lobby of the current building will undergo renovations at the same time.

“We are thrilled to be entering the final phase of our expansion project, and as we prepare for this grand transformation, we have a unique opportunity to expand our reach by bringing programs to the community and connecting with the people of our state in new ways,” museum director Lawrence Wheeler said in a statement.

Museum officials said the 164-acre Museum Park would remain open during the seven-month period, and the summer series of movies and concerts in the amphitheater would continue uninterrupted through the end of September. The museum also will present Museum on the Move, a series of lectures, films, concerts, family programs, and other offerings in the park and at venues throughout the Triangle.