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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt announces it has raised $54 million for renovation

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced Wednesday it had met its goal of $54 million for its renovation campaign.
Rendering of new gallery space at Cooper-Hewitt museum (Image courtesy of Cooper-Hewitt)

The New York museum is housed in the historic Carnegie Mansion on the Upper East Side and planned the updating to meet the space demands and public needs of a 21st Century museum.

With the renovation the exhibition space will increase from 10,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet with new and restored galleries, and more room for the museum’s permanent collection.

The renovation is a collaboration between design architect Gluckman Mayner Architects and executive architect Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners.

The work has finished on the updating of the National Design Library, a research facility for students, the public and professionals.

While the work on the mansion continues, the museum has planned several off-site exhibitions, including a current one at the United Nations called “Design with the Other 90 %: Cities.

The money was raised from public and private sources. In addition the Cooper-Hewitt has raised $7 million for its endowment.

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