This is an exciting time for the New York State Museum. On June 15, we announced that the Museum is embarking on a multi-year renovation project. The renovation master plan, including artist renderings and floor plans, is available here: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/ information/ aboutus/ renewal.html. The master plan calls for 35,000 square feet of new exhibitions, a changeable wall system and new interactive technology and media. New exhibitions will link to existing, iconic exhibitions like the Cohoes Mastodon, the World Trade Center exhibition, and Native Peoples of New York Hall.
There has not been a major renovation of the galleries since the State Museum moved to its current space in the Cultural Education Center in 1976. The renovation project presents the Museum with an opportunity to better explain the state’s natural and human history. The new exhibitions will tell the stories of New York State’s natural and human history that we’ve never been told before and will incorporate new research, media and technology.
Please visit our Museum Renovation webpage for more information about the project and for the latest news and developments.
In other news, the Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition 2015 is now open in West Gallery. On display through September 6, the exhibition features 84 artworks created by talented SUNY students across New York State. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and digitally produced works. Stop by the exhibition this summer and see the extraordinary work SUNY art students have created.
Also, we recently opened the Shaker Kidspace – a hands-on, interactive, kid-friendly area where our youngest visitors can learn more about the Shakers. Children can interact with a “living portrait” of a Shaker sister, make a Shaker gift drawing, explore a Shaker classroom, and even practice a Shaker dance. Don’t forget to visit our 7,000 square foot exhibition on the Shakers – The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries – open through March 6, 2016.
I’ll see you at the Museum.
Director, New York State Museum