The University of Michigan Museum of Art will re-open this weekend after being closed for nearly 3 years as it underwent a significant expansion and restoration.  The project was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture and cost nearly $42 million dollars.

From the UMMA Press Release:

Highlights of the project include vastly increased galleries for collections and special exhibitions; open-storage galleries and study rooms that foster close looking; state-of-the-art conservation and art storage facilities; expanded public programming, including performing arts, spoken word, film, and art making; a 225-seat auditorium; classrooms and event spaces to serve multiple audiences; a curatorial research center; a café; and an expanded museum store.

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The 24-hour public opening starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28th and ends at  6 p.m. Sunday, March 29th.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve personally been to the UMMA and I’m excited about seeing this addition and renovation.  I will probably make a point to visit later in the Spring.

If you get a chance to stop by, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.

Click any of these links to learn more:

University of Michigan Museum of Art Announces Grand Reopening
UMMA Building Project

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