The renewed museum complex of nearly 250,000 square feet will include multiple new exhibitions spaces for long-term and changing exhibitions; a new immersive orientation theater; a new interactive learning space for families; a new research library with a state-of-the-art rare book and manuscript suite, and multiple new education/meeting rooms; a new café, museum store and other amenities; and multiple new and renewed community and event spaces, including a new great hall, a second floor event terrace, an outdoor event lawn, an expanded parking lot, and an improved VMFA campus connector.
Originally planned for 2022 as part of our ambitious, multi-year strategic plan, these extensive capital improvements were expedited as part of the VMHC’s strategy to sustain through the current health and financial crisis. Overlapping the planned and subsidized disruption of renovation with the uncontrollable and unplanned challenge of COVID-19 will help us in the present and certainly in the future as we reopen – renewed as an organization to a renewed world eager to reconnect. This is also one way the VMHC can contribute to community sustainability and recovery during the ongoing pandemic – by engaging dozens of regional businesses in this expansive project.
Construction will be completed in early 2022, with a grand re-opening slated for that spring. Portions of the museum will remain open throughout most of the renovation, and the VMHC’s extensive digital outreach effects will continue without interruption, including virtual programs (lectures, tours, gallery walks, webinars), and educational resources for students, parents, and educators.
• Construction — Fall 2020 to Spring 2022
• Grand Opening Celebration — Spring 2022