MILWAUKEE (WITI) — After two years of negotiations and planning, the Milwaukee Art Museum announced on Monday, April 7th its Plan for the Future, a comprehensive public campaign to restore the War Memorial and Kahler buildings and reinstall the Museum’s galleries.
The Plan for the Future is part of the Museum’s $15 million commitment to the $25 million project in partnership with Milwaukee County.
The Museum will be asking for public donations as part of its campaign.
The Plan for the Future will:
- Improve the environment for visitors and provide a safe home for the over 30,000 works of art in the Museum’s world-class Collection by repairing the Saarinen building and Kahler addition, after decades of deferred maintenance.
- Make it possible for more art to be on view to the public by significantly increasing gallery space.
- With the addition of a new lakeside entrance, establish easier public access to the Museum, the Collection, and a critical exhibition gallery—thereby providing a better visitor experience.
- Re-imagine how visitors approach the Collection and experience the art, through significant changes to the presentation of the art and a more intuitive layout.
- Conserve energy and improve the lighting of the art, with the installation of new LED bulbs throughout the Museum’s galleries.
- Add bathrooms on every level.
Repairs and restorations to the Milwaukee County War Memorial and the Milwaukee Art Museum are set to begin in the fall. A leaky roof, mold infiltration, a failed HVAC system, broken concrete, leaking windows, and foundation seepage are among the problems to be remedied.