The Norton Museum of Art celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. To commemorate the diamond anniversary the museum is expanding! The Norton opened in 1941 and is globally known for its notable permanent collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. Within the collection of masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture, include works by such contemporary masters as Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, O’Keeffe, and Pollock.
Expansion of the museum officially broke ground February 6, 2016. The $60 million expansion will add an additional 13,000 square feet, restore the original east to west orientation, and shift the entrance to the south side of the museum to highlight the spectacular 80 year old Banyan tree on the property. The original building had an east entrance providing waterfront views from the interior. The museums original interior courtyard will encompass the galleries that surround it.
The current museum is about 120,300 square feet. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018 and will be about 133,000square feet. There will be 50,000 square feet of gallery space, 17,500 square feet will be set aside for event space, 12,000 square feet of administration offices, 4,000 square feet will be dedicated to an education center, and 3,700 square feet dedicated to restaurant, auditorium and private dining areas. The museum will be open during renovations. Saturdays are FREE.
The Museum presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours and programs for adults and children throughout the year. For more information on the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, please visit http://www.norton.org/ or call 561-832-5196.