Phase II Renovation & Reinstallation


Funded in part through a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant, our Phase II renovation will elevate all gallery spaces to the standard set by the award-winning Phase I renovation completed in 2016. A major enhancement of Phase II is the creation of a second study center embedded in the Museum’s collection galleries. Other updates include renovating two galleries that were not addressed during Phase I and enhancements to storage that will improve the long-term care of our collection. 

The architectural changes of Phase II provide an opportunity to rethink the installation, presentation, and interpretation of our fourth-floor collection galleries. With support from an additional NEH grant, a complete reinstallation of our collection galleries will expand the diversity of cultural groups and identities represented through four new exhibitions. 

Check this page for updates on renovation and reinstallation progress. University and K12 classes can access these galleries by appointment beginning October 12 and public access will begin November 3.

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Funded in part through a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant, our Phase II renovation will elevate all gallery spaces to the standard set by the award-winning Phase I renovation completed in 2016. A major enhancement of Phase II is the creation of a second study center embedded in the Museum’s collection galleries. Other updates include renovating two galleries that were not addressed during Phase I and enhancements to storage that will improve the long-term care of our collection. 

The architectural changes of Phase II provide an opportunity to rethink the installation, presentation, and interpretation of our fourth-floor collection galleries. With support from an additional NEH grant, a complete reinstallation of our collection galleries will expand the diversity of cultural groups and identities represented through four new exhibitions. 

Check this page for updates on renovation and reinstallation progress. University and K12 classes can access these galleries by appointment beginning October 12 and public access will begin November 3.


Soft opening dates announced

Our staff continues to work diligently to finish reinstalling our updated collection galleries and new Lee Study Center. We are pleased to announce that university and K-12 classes can begin accessing these spaces on October 12 by appointment. We will have a soft opening for the public to access these spaces on November 3. Stay tuned for more details as these dates approach.



Lee Study Center case installation complete

Installation of the glass cases in our new Ingrid and J.K. Lee Study Center is complete! Staff from Glasbau Hahn in Germany trained Spencer staff on how to use the custom cases and drawers. In the coming weeks artwork will be installed, and soon we will host KU classes in the new space.


Reinstall underway

Our Exhibitions and Collections teams are hard at work moving and installing art in our renovated galleries! Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we prepare to reopen the collection galleries later this fall.


Glass cases arrive

Recently staff from Glasbau Hahn in Germany have been installing custom glass cases in our new Ingrid and J.K. Lee Study Center! These cases will accommodate the display of three-dimensional objects, including folding screens, textiles, and much more. Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we prepare to reopen the collection galleries, including this new study center, later this fall.