The Project

Reinventing a cultural landmark

The Norton has expanded to accommodate its ever-growing collection and the region's dramatically increasing population, and achieve its mission of making art accessible and engaging for everyone. Through the vision of the Museum's Trustees and internationally-renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners, the expansion has transformed the Norton's 6.3-acre campus with a design that - like the Museum Collection - is innovative, adventurous, and of excellent quality. 


  •  A 42,000-square-foot West Wing that dramatically reorients the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway
  • 12,000 square feet of new galleries – a 35% increase in space to show groundbreaking, original exhibitions
  • A dedicated education center with a student gallery and two new classrooms for adults, families, and school children
  • A 210-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art audio-visual capability
  • A new restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining spaces
  • A unique and trend-setting Museum Store
  • A majestic Great Hall that serves as the Museum's living room and community space  
  • An Artist-In-Residence program quartered in restored historic houses on Cranesnest Way on the southern edge of the Museum campus.
  • A new great lawn, gardens, and outdoor sculpture collection
  • Beautiful new meeting and celebration spaces   

As you can see, the increased spaces and added amenities will significantly enrich the visitor experience, and enhance the Museum’s reputation on an international scale.


Project Milestones   

Masterplan approved by Board of Trustees  December 2013
Ceremonial Groundbreaking   February 6, 2016
Topping Out Ceremony     June 27, 2017
Grand Opening      February 2019