The Project

Reinventing a cultural landmark

The Norton has outgrown its existing home, and must expand in order to continue making art accessible and engaging – accommodating growing audiences and the Museum’s ever-expanding collection. Through the vision of the Museum’s Trustees and internationally-renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners, The New Norton expansion will transform the entire 6.3 acre campus with a design that – like the Museum’s collection – is innovative, adventurous, and of superior quality.

Features of the expansion

  • A national architectural presence worthy of the Norton’s outstanding collection
  • A continued resource for groundbreaking original exhibitions, adding 12,000 square feet of new galleries – a 35% increase in exhibition space
  • A 42,000-square-foot West Wing that dramatically reorients the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway
  • A dedicated education center with a student gallery and two new classrooms for adults, families, and school children
  • The addition of a 210-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art audio-visual capability
  • New public spaces, including versatile indoor and outdoor dining spaces, special event spaces, and museum store
  • The restoration of historic houses on Cranesnest Way to accommodate an Artist-In-Residence program
  • A 6.3-acre campus with expansive gardens, subtropical landscaping, and new outdoor sculpture collection

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.


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