Our Renovation and Expansion Project

In 2002, we embarked on a $350 million capital campaign to dramatically modify the institution's blueprint while reorganizing and renewing the presentation of its unrivaled collection.

From the outset, the renovation and expansion project has had two overarching goals. First, it reaffirms the vision of this institution's founders, who believed that a great city like Cleveland should be endowed with the finest of cultural assets, including an art museum that is accessible to the public free of charge.

Second, the project transforms outdated museum spaces and prepares the institution to meet the needs of the public for the next 100 years. While redesigning the museum campus, renowned project architect Rafael Viñoly said that "our goal is to elevate the level of architectural display to the level of the art in this great museum."

Viñoly's vision has gradually come to life over the past several years.


  • An increase of 33 percent in gallery space, with enhanced interpretation of the collection through state-of-the-art technology as well as installations that engage the first-time visitor and the long-time devotee
  • A rededication of the Breuer building to its original mission of education with renovated classrooms, lecture and performance halls, and distance learning studio
  • Restored integrity of the 1916 building including upgraded mechanical structural systems with the latest environmental controls throughout
  • ARTLENS Gallery, a 12,000-square-foot interactive learning center
  • The new glass enclosed atrium—at 39,000 square-feet, Cleveland's largest free public space
  • An expansion to the East and West with two new wings, restoring symmetry and providing spectacular views of Rockefeller Park
  • Fine dining at Provenance, a 76-seat restaurant and lounge, as well as Provenance Café.
  • A clearer circulation path for visitors and the establishment of a strong axis with the 1916 and Breuer buildings at its foundation.
  • Improved and expanded special exhibition spaces that will make Cleveland a desirable destination for preeminent loan exhibitions, bringing the best art from around the world to the people of our region
  • Updated visitor amenities such as more convenient restrooms, and expanded museum store and increased covered parking
  • A new, more accessible and prominent location for the Ingalls Library, including an expanded reading room.
  • An enhanced and more inviting presence for the museum, emphasizing our pivotal role as a cultural and creative epicenter for the Northeast Ohio community


View video highlights of our transformation over the years

At The Museum: Our Transformation