About the New Museum Building Project

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Utilizing the current building footprint of the Museum, this environmentally friendly project includes the historic preservation of the Museum’s current North Wing (the 1926 Pack Library Building), renovation of existing Museum spaces and new construction to transform current disparate spaces into a new cohesive, coherent and inviting Museum. The new Museum will elegantly combine historic and contemporary elements. It will honor the past by restoring the Pack Memorial Library building, an Asheville landmark built in 1926, and it will step into the future as a 21st century architectural landmark in downtown Asheville with a visually stunning new front façade, entrance and plaza.

This “fly-through” animation video shows features of the New Asheville Art Museum.

Encompassing 68,000+ square feet, that will be preserved, renovated or rebuilt, this sustainable project will result in:

  • new exhibition galleries,
  • a well-equipped education suite of classrooms and studios,
  • expanded collections storage,
  • a larger library
  • the addition of a rooftop sculpture terrace and café
  • and critical upgrades to HVAC, lighting and technology systems
  • The exterior will be sheathed in glass inviting the public in to art-filled spaces and lighted at night to illuminate Pack Square Park and the City center. To meet the needs of a growing and increasingly culturally-aware community and visitors to the area
  • Permanent Collection exhibition space will increase by 70%;
  • special changing exhibition space will double;
  • education programs will have more than twice the amount of studio classroom space, plus a media-ready lecture hall for public programs;

The Museum expansion will increase our capacity to serve diverse audiences and generate economic impact throughout the region. The Museum’s physical expansion will extend its role as a community center, education resource, visitor center and cultural concierge for all residents of WNC and the many visitors to our region.