About Phase I Renovation

The Spencer Museum of Art is undergoing Phase I of a major renovation that will transform nearly 30,000 square feet of the building. Phase I will provide a complete renovation of the Museum’s entry lobby and central court, expand the teaching gallery, introduce a multi-use object study room, and expand storage and research facilities.

Specific features include

→ A glass-encased entryway welcoming visitors with natural light

→ An expanded lobby for visitor services, doubling current square footage

→ New flooring and ceilings in select gallery spaces

→ An elevator and staircase connecting third- and fourth-floor galleries

→ A two-story window feature, allowing natural light inside the galleries and connecting the Museum to the historic Marvin Grove

→ An expanded object study area and teaching gallery, allowing for an increase in class and tour capacity, and adding new technologies and research stations

→ Increased storage for the Museum’s collection of works on paper, which is frequently accessed for teaching and research

Building Access

The Spencer’s galleries will be closed for more than a year for the renovation project. The Art History Department and Murphy Art & Architecture Library housed in the Spencer will remain open and accessible from the second-floor entrance.

At Large 

During renovation the Spencer Museum will remain as active as ever with offsite programs and special events throughout the community. Spencer Museum: At Large programs will include artist talks, performances, and popular youth and family activities, such as the Art Cart and Saturday Art Adventures.