As part of the preparation for constructing the Rothko Pavilion, the first step involves relocating the loading dock from its current location to the south end of campus on Southwest Jefferson Street. Moving the loading dock will improve upon the 1958 addition, which connected the Ayer and Hirsch Wings and created a gallery between our Asian and Japanese collection galleries. While that gallery will be transformed into the new loading dock, a new gallery will be built above it, creating new art viewing opportunities between our European and American galleries. This move not only makes way for the Pavilion, but provides a much safer and more efficient way to move art and exhibitions in and out of the Museum. In addition to moving the loading dock, the builders will begin to construct what will become a central elevator bank, stairwell, and adjacent restrooms.
How to Visit
The Museum will remain open to visitors throughout the project. We encourage members and visitors to refer to the website, subscribe to our email newsletter, and follow us on social media before visiting to ensure that you get the most out of your visit while construction is underway. Some galleries may be inaccessible during various phases of construction. We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of construction (filtering air and reducing noise, for example), ensuring visitor and staff safety, and our visitor services associates are always here to help. During the loading dock construction (January to September 2023), you can expect to see fencing along the south side of campus on Southwest Jefferson Street, between Southwest Park and 10th Avenues.
Making this project a reality is a monumental undertaking, and we are so grateful to all of the donors and partners who have gotten us this far. Are you interested in learning more about the project and how you can be involved? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.