The Project


Reineventing a cultural landmark.

The Norton Museum of Art is embarking on the most comprehensive expansion in the Museum’s 75-year history. With more than 100,000 visitors each year, more than 7,000 works in an ever-expanding collection, and a distinct curatorial voice, the Norton’s mission has outgrown its existing home. Through the great vision of the Board of Trustees, The New Norton will radically transform the existing campus, creating a popular destination that will allow the Museum to further serve the community through outstanding exhibitions, enriched educational programming, and world-class architecture.

Under the direction of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster of internationally renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners, The New Norton will restore the East-West symmetry of the Museum’s original Marion Sims Wyeth plan, and take advantage of the 6.3-acre campus to create a museum in a garden. The project includes a 42,000-square-foot West Wing, which dramatically reorients the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway. Integral to the renovated campus is the creation of significant new public spaces that will enable the Museum to prioritize the relationship between art and audience, and significantly expand all aspects of its programming. These spaces include:

  • An additional 12,000 square feet of gallery space for exhibitions
  • An education center with two new classrooms and student gallery
  • A 210-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium
  • An adjoining 9,000-square-foot sculpture garden
  • A dazzling, 4,000-square-foot, soaring Great Hall
  • A versatile dining pavilion, with garden terrace
  • Six restored, historic houses on Cranesnest Way to accommodate an artists-in-residence program and the Director’s home

Creating a strong architectural presence worthy of the Museum’s outstanding collections, The New Norton will significantly enrich the visitor experience, and redefine the Norton’s relationship with the City of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County, while enhancing the Museum’s reputation on an international scale.

The Museum will remain open during this exciting transformation, and The New Norton will make its dramatic debut on South Dixie Highway in 2018.



Since its founding in 1967, Foster + Partners has established an international record of architectural excellence. With a strikingly diverse portfolio, including urban master plans, public infrastructure, museums, airports, civic cultural buildings, offices, private homes, and product design, Foster + Partners has projects on six continents. The studio has received 620 awards since its founding, and won more than 100 national and international competitions. Earlier projects include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; an addition to the British Museum, London: and the striking Hearst Tower in New York.


project team

Architect: Foster + Partners

Executive Architect: CBT (Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc.)

Executive Landscape Architect: EDSA, Inc.

General Contractor: Gilbane Building Company