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Renovation: FAQ & News

Why is this renovation project necessary?
To maintain national accreditation and support an intellectual and creative campus, University Museums has identified a critical need to modernize the Brunnier Art Museum collection management and reconfigure the gallery entrance and office space. Most of these spaces have not had changes since the Scheman Building was completed in 1975. The renovation will replace outdated technology, storage solutions for a growing permanent collection and poorly configured office space.

What is the timeline for the project?
Construction began in February 2019 and is expected to be complete by the end of the summer. It is anticipated that the Museum will reopen to the public in mid-September 2019, marking the 44th anniversary of the Brunnier Art Museum.

How will the renovation affect visitors?
The Brunnier Art Museum will remain closed to visitors throughout the renovation. See next question regarding other University Museum facilities. University Museum staff will be displaced during much of the construction phase, however they can still be reach via phone and email. Click here for contact info.

What access will students, faculty and the public have to the University Museums’ collections during the closure?
Students, faculty, and visiting scholars will have continued access, by appointment, to the museums’ permanent collection. Both the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall and Farm House Museum on central campus will remain open to the public with changing exhibitions and an active public programming schedule.

How will the museum be different?
The biggest visual change to the Brunnier Art Museum will be the all-glass entrance and removal of concrete walls. This will increase exhibition space by 1,800 square feet and create a more welcoming environment for visitors. Click here for more info on the Museum Entrance.

Will the new collection vault be open to the public?
The University Museums collection vault has not previously been open to the public and this will not change after the renovation is complete. However, the permanent collection can be accessed by appointment or through the eMuseum online collection system.

Will other areas of Scheman be included in the renovation?
No. This renovation project is specific to the University Museum spaces within the Scheman Building including the Brunnier Art Museum, collections vault and office.

How much will this renovation cost and how is it being funded?
The full renovation cost estimate is $1.95 million. Much of the funds are coming from private donors, however the University is providing assistance for the new HVAC system.

How can I contribute?
For information on contributing to the renovation project, click here.

How can I be kept updated on the project progress?
Updates about the renovation project will be posted on the museum website and social media. In addition, you can subscribe to our weekly email.

Will the hours or admission fee for the Brunnier Art Museum be changing?
Open hours for the Brunnier Art Museum will remain the same as they were before the closure. Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.

Will the museum store reopen?
No, there are no current plans to allocate space or staff resources to a museum store. Museum publications can be purchased at the University Museums Office during business hours.


General Inquiries: Lynette Pohlman | 515.294.6966 |
Donations: Rachael Karriker | 515-294-0546 |
Press Inquiries: Betsy Grabinski | 515.294.3342 |

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