New York State Museum plans to renovate exhibition galleries

16 June 2015 (Last Updated June 16th, 2015 18:30)

The New York State Board of Regents has reviewed renovation plans for the exhibition galleries at the New York State Museum in Albany, US.

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The New York State Board of Regents has reviewed renovation plans for the exhibition galleries at the New York State Museum in Albany, US.

The proposal has an estimated cost of $14m and is likely to take four years to implement.

Renovation works call for 35,000ft² of new exhibitions, a changeable wall system, and new interactive technology and media, which will all be developed over multiple phases.

The upgrade has been designed to present the state's natural, cultural and human history in an integrated, relevant and memorable way.

New exhibitions will be connected with existing ones at the museum, such as the World Trade Center collection, the Cohoes Mastodon, and Native Peoples of New York Hall.

Developments under the plan will be based on a concept called 'New York Stories', wherein each exhibition will portray aspects of the state in diverse but compelling ways.

"[It] will introduce new and diverse stories never told before and preserve New York's rich historical, cultural and scientific legacies."

New York State Museum director Mark Schaming said: "Today, we are excited to unveil our masterplan and begin an important renovation project that will introduce new and diverse stories never told before and preserve New York's rich historical, cultural and scientific legacies."

New York State Museum will temporarily close certain gallery spaces while the sections are refreshed and new galleries constructed.

New York acting state education commissioner Beth Berlin said: "Those new exhibitions and galleries will give visitors a renewed experience at the museum.

"Every visitor will leave with a greater understanding of the natural, cultural and human history of the Empire State."

Upgrade works are being funded through a New York State capital bond item.


Image: New York State Museum in downtown Albany. Photo: courtesy of Tim Schapker / Wikipedia.