Sunday, October 16, 2016

Miscellany: Norton Museum of Art

This spring the Norton started a major renovation that won't be completed until 2018. The art museum, already one of the largest in Florida, will double its gallery space and gain a swanky new public entrance on South Dixie Highway:


Admission is free to the museum while the expansion is being built. However, only a handful of galleries are open during construction, so I thought it'd be a good time to look at the Norton as it once was. Here is the old entrance and parking lot, which are being completely revamped:


The small central courtyard and sculpture garden will remain, but they will be joined by numerous other "museum in a garden" areas.


Most of the museum's collection is in storage, including my favorite piece - the Persian Sealife Ceiling installation of colored glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly:





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