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Mennello Museum of American Art Expansion Announced

It was recently announced that the Mennello Museum of American Art (Website) at 900 E. Princeton Street (MAP) is getting a new $20 million 40,000 sq ft expansion designed by Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects.


The expansion will include the following:

  1. 40,000 square-foot museum facility integrated around the current 12,000 square-foot museum building

  2. Increase the number and quality of programs, opportunities, and amenities to better serve our growing audiences

  3. Create a cultural destination on beautiful Lake Formosa designed to preserve and reimagine our green space, the intimacy of the Dr. Phillips Home, walking and bike paths, and sculpture garden

  4. Welcoming and inclusive space for the highest caliber of exhibitions and programs to best attract audiences

  5. Expand family-friendly and diverse art education programs to serve the community

  6. Multi-purpose spaces for earned income; events, weddings, classrooms, and conference room

  7. Ability to seat 250 and accommodate 400+ for standing indoor & outdoor events

  8. Attract larger audience through new branded tourism efforts

  9. Greater impact in the art and economic prosperity of the region

The Friends Board now embarks on the silent phase of a capital campaign to fully fund the building expansion. The museum will move forward cautiously to ensure all the private funds are raised to continue to work with such dynamic partners in dreaming the future together, and making it a reality.


Lawrence Scarpa’s vision:

“The Mennello Museum’s design is both futuristic and timeless.  The design mirrors the objective of the artwork inside: It tells a story and furthers the Museum’s mission to be a place of education, culture, and inspiration. More than just a building, it is a civic place for social interaction, bringing people closer to art, each other and to nature, providing an opportunity for new, immersive, art experiences. The building is organized as a series of highly engaging spaces where the Museum’s mission of using art to connect people to the world around them can unfold.”

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