- In 2013, the Queens Museum of Art will be a transformed institution. Building on 35 years of success, it will grow to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable cultural institutions in the greater New York area. The key to this transformation is the Museum’s expansion: a doubling of the size, to 100,000 square feet, which will create one of the most refined museum spaces in the country. Grimshaw Architects has developed plans for a stunning facility that will engage diverse communities and make the Queens Museum into a model for the urban, American museum of the future.
- On April 12, 2011, the Queens Museum of Art (QMA) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony, marking the commencement of the expansion project that will double the size of the institution, adding 50,000 square feet of new galleries, classrooms, public events spaces, a café and museum shop.
- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, City Council Member and Chairman of Cultural Affairs Committee Jimmy van Bramer, and fellow members of the New York City Council, joined QMA Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl, board members, funders, artists and community partners in taking this important institutional step.
- The $65 million project, expected to be completed by the end of 2013, includes a new 220 foot long illuminated glass façade and entry plaza on the Grand Central Parkways side of the building, a new entrance and expanded outdoor space on the Flushing Meadows Corona Park side of the building, and a generous skylit atrium in between. The expansion, which gives the museum the entirety of the NYC Building – originally built as the city’s official pavilion for the 1939 World’s Fair ‐ is designed by Grimshaw Architects. The museum had, until 2009, shared the building with the World’s Fair Ice Rink, and the ceremony was held on the site of the rink, now the museum’s construction area.
There's one more, and it's already been approved. The Queens Museum Expansion:
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