Norton Museum of Art: Free Admission During Transformative Expansion

Photo Courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art

Photo Courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art

In 2016, the Norton broke ground for a visionary expansion designed by the renowned London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners, under the direction of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster. The project reorients the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway, restoring the symmetry of the museum’s original 1941 design, and includes a new 42,000-square-foot West Wing that doubles education space, increases gallery space for the Norton’s acclaimed collection, and adds a 210-seat state-of-the-art auditorium and new dining pavilion. The transformation of the Museum’s 6.3-acre campus also will create a museum in a garden, featuring new, verdant spaces.

While the west and south sides of the Museum undergo this transformation, galleries on the east side will be open and free to the public. Reinstalled galleries include notable works from the Museum Collection such as Jackson Pollock’s Night Mist, George Bellows’ Winter Afternoon, Edward Hopper’s August in the City, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Pelvis with the Moon—New Mexico as well as Claude Monet’s Gardens of the Villa Moreno, Bordighera; Paul Gauguin’s Christ in the Garden of Olives, Camille Pissarro’s The Presbytery Garden, Paul Cezanne’s Portrait of Alfred Hauge, and Edgar Degas’ bronze, Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot, to name a few. Works from the Chinese Collection dating back 2,000 to 3,000 years ago also will be on view.

Photo Courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art    Photo Courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art

One of the Museum’s newest acquisitions, a multi-channel video installation by American artist Mark Fox, will be on view through Oct. 30. Titled Giverny: Journal of an Unseen Garden, it offers a new perspective on Claude Monet’s iconic lily ponds in Giverny, France -- underwater views that record the shifting light and seasonal changes in the garden ponds. The Museum’s biennial, international Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers exhibition is set to open Nov. 10. The winner receives a $20,000 cash prize.

Adult and family programs, for which the Museum is known, also will continue during construction, including the weekly Thursday evening series Art After Dark –Where Culture and Entertainment Meet! – and Family Studio, the Saturday morning program that makes art a family affair. For a full schedule and more details on Museum programs and exhibitions, visit

Visitor Information

During construction of the New Norton through late 2018, the Museum will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and from noon to 9 p.m. on Thursdays for Art After Dark. It will remain closed on Mondays and major holidays. During construction the café will be closed, but limited food service –beverages and light bites–will be available on Thursdays during Art After Dark. Family Studio will continue before Saturday opening hours.

Photo Courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art    Photo Courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art

To enter the Museum during construction, visitors will be directed to the original 1941 entrance on the east side of the building. A free shuttle service will be available for visitors who park in the lot across from the Museum on the west side of Dixie Highway.

Norton members will receive additional benefits that include special offers at a number of food and retail locations along the Dixie Highway corridor, a series of Members-only programs, and free admission to more than 250 museums throughout North America.

About the Norton Museum

Photo Courtesy of the Norton Museum of ArtFounded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art is recognized for its distinguished holdings in American, European, and Chinese art, and a continually expanding presence for Photography and Contemporary art. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century European painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso, and American works by Stuart Davis, Hopper, O'Keeffe, Pollock, and Sheeler.

The Norton presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours, and programs for adults and children throughout the year. In 2011, the Norton launched RAW (Recognition of Art by Women), featuring the work of a living female painter or sculptor and funded by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/MLDauray Arts Initiative. In 2012, the Norton established the biennial, international Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers in partnership with Beth Rudin DeWoody, in honor of her late father, Lewis Rudin. In 2016, the Norton broke ground for a visionary expansion designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners.

All photos courtesy of Norton Museum of Art


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