The New York State Museum announced plans Monday for a large scale, four-year renovation project that calls for 35,000 square feet of new exhibit space.
The renovations, reviewed by the state Board of Regents, will be funded by a $14 million capital bond.
The goal of the renovation is to link new exhibits to existing ones, such as the World Trade Center area, the Cohoes Mastodon and Native Peoples of New York Hall, in order to better tell the cultural and natural history of New York, according to a statement by the Department of Education.
The concept for the new galleries is New York Stories, with each exhibit telling a different part of the state’s history.
“The new exhibitions will integrate stories of science, history and culture and deliver an outstanding educational experience for all visitors — from children to adults,” Regent Tilles, chairman of the Regents Committee on Cultural Education, said in a news release.
The state museum attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
The museum is scheduled to remain open throughout the renovation, but certain spaces will closed temporarily as work is done.
Project updates will be posted on the state museum’s website and the public is encouraged to help with the renovation project by submitting ideas and feedback via email at [email protected]