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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 10:30

The Milwaukee Art Museum Prepares to Reopen Following a Major Renovation

The Milwaukee Art Museum. The Milwaukee Art Museum. Wikimedia Commons

The Milwaukee Art Museum is due to reopen on November 24 after a 14-month, $34m renovation that brings the institution back from the brink. When the museum made the unorthodox decision to begin planning an expansion at the height of the recession in 2009, mould flourished, floors buckled and ceilings leaked in the two buildings that housed the permanent collection. “We really had reached a breaking point,” says Daniel Keegan, the museum’s director.

Keegan’s bet to secure $10m from the county of Milwaukee, which owns and maintains the two buildings, and raise the rest of the project funding “in the [economic] up-cycle” paid off.

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