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Amon Carter Museum to begin renovations on upstairs galleries, other areas

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The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is embarking on a building enhancement project encompassing the museum’s upstairs galleries and areas of the 1961 building.

The project will begin in October 2018 and the public-facing renovations are expected to be completed by summer 2019.

Construction also includes the expansion and upgrade of the museum’s climate-controlled storage for the renowned photography collection. In addition to the updates to the interior, the museum will also make changes to the main entrance, adding increased accessibility to the building and plaza. Through this enhancement project, the Amon Carter Museum is “changing the way people experience American art, changing perspectives through our dynamic collections and exhibitions, and changing to be more accessible and open for all,” according to a museum news release.

Currently underway is the construction of a new climate-controlled storage vault for the safe storage of the museum’s photography collection. As one of the major repositories of American photography in the country, the Amon Carter collection houses over 45,000 photographic prints from one of the earliest daguerreotypes to work produced today. This preservation project, which is scheduled for completion this fall, will nearly double the size of the museum’s photography vault, allowing for decades of continued growth to the collection.

This October, renovations to the museum’s second-floor galleries will begin following the museum’s popular Party on the Porch musical celebration on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Following the completion of the renovations of the second-floor, work will begin to continue the new visitor experience and layout in the museum’s 1961 building. Enhancements to make the museum more accessible through improved access points on the plaza will begin in spring 2019.

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