BY ADAM QUANDT | The Statesman Another part of campus has been closed off due to construction.
The Tweed Museum of Art closed its doors to the public in January to undergo construction and renovations that will last until some time in April.
This temporary closure comes as the first phase of an entire renovation project laid out for the Tweed.
The renovations in this phase include upgrading the museums heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to ensure they maintain a stable environment for the collection within the museum.
According to a letter released by the Tweed staff, the majority of the cost of the upgrades is being covered by the Minnesota State Legislature Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement Fund.
During the renovations the collection of art from the museum has been carefully moved to another location to ensure its safety throughout the construction.
Despite the museum’s closure, the staff is working during the renovations to continue building the Tweed’s online content available to the public by digitizing the works featured in the Tweed’s collection.
In addition to the digitized collection online, the staff also hopes to provide a weekly, in-depth look into works of art, hosted by the Museum’s docent, Bill Shipley.
The museum staff will also be working to keep the Tweed Store open for select hours throughout the renovations every Tuesday through Friday. Exact store hours during construction can be found on the museum’s website.
Though no exact date has been released yet, the Tweed Museum of Art plans to celebrate its grand re-opening sometime in May with a variety of new exhibitions and additions to the collection.
Updates on the renovations and construction process will be provided to the public via the Tweed’s website (www.d.umn.edu/tma) and the museum’s various social media outlets.