As a part of its $17 million campaign, Tacoma Art Museum is expanding its galleries and redesigning its front door. The galleries will host the new Haub Family Collection of American Western Art, and the newly designed front entrance will address the museum’s key concerns of visibility, accessibility and increased outdoor art.
The museum received a donation of 280 works of American Western Art by Ervian and Helga Haub and family, and will construct a new wing and expanded lobby to showcase this remarkable collection, which will nearly double the museum’s gallery space. Tacoma Art Museum will become one of the top twelve museums in the country to hold an American Western Art collection of this caliber, and the only Pacific Northwest institution. The project works hand in hand with the museum’s plans to redesign its plaza and visitor entry experience to connect people to the heart of downtown.
Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the museum expansion will complement Antoine Predock’s original vision that the museum maintains its “connection to place.” The new wing will be built along Pacific Avenue and extend towards Union Station, encouraging pedestrian traffic. The museum anticipates a 20% increase in attendance, spurring additional economic activity in downtown Tacoma and supporting the city’s reputation as a cultural destination.
Click here to view the most recent architectural renderings of the plaza redesign and the Haub Wing for American Western Art.
Construction on the Tacoma Art Museum expansion and new Haub Galleries will begin Monday, November 4. Construction workers will set up their site office and begin to measure and mark the area for the building process.