Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has announced a project to create a 22, 000-square-foot conservation center, home to six laboratories on two floors of the museum’s main building.
On the back of the museum’s largest ever conservation fund-raising effort, the $24 million renovation project will bring together the MFA’s conservation activities and free up an extra 12, 000 square feet of gallery space in the Ancient World, Asian and European galleries. The project is due to start in 2017 and end in 2019.
MFA director Matthew Teitelbaum told The Boston Globe, “It’s a very positive moment for us. I think people will see it as a real affirmation of our core responsibilities, and I feel very good about that.”
He expects the new center to place the museum firmly “among a small family of leading international Museums with exceptional conservation labs” and “dramatically improve all facets of our conservation systems, improving infrastructure, technology, and facilities while fostering an environment of teamwork.”