by Sheila Ellis
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is updating its look.
Renovations will include improvements to the museum’s second-floor galleries, main entrance and other updates to the Philip Johnson-designed 1961 building. Less visible will be an upgraded climate-controlled vault the museum is currently building.
Construction begins in October after the museum’s annual Party on the Porch.
Improvements to the museum’s upstairs galleries will include a new layout, as well as updated displays for permanent and temporary exhibits. During construction, guests will still be able to enjoy the museum’s collection throughout the main galleries in the 1961 building.
The 1961 building’s renovations will begin in spring 2019. This update includes improvements to the main entrance, plaza access points and navigability of the building. These changes are meant to enhance the visitor experience with more open space and accessibility while maintaining the original design of the architecture.
The climate-controlled storage vault is currently under construction with an expected completion date this fall. This new vault is almost double the size of its previous storage and will house the museum’s collection of over 45,000 prints, with room to spare for continued growth.
The museum is expecting to complete all renovations by summer 2019.