South Australian Museum’s director Brian Oldman has announced a $100 million plan to enhance and redesign the museum.
With the main aim of the changes to allow more or the museum’s four million artefects to be displayed, the plans include the creation of a new glass-covered courtyard on the institution’s front lawn and the creation of bigger spaces for displays and exhibitions.
Oldman said, “I think it would help us do more, bigger exhibitions, we could get more things on show, we could offer more facilities on North Terrace. It would literally put our doorstep out on North Terrace.’’
The planned glass-covered courtyard would link the two separate wings of the museum together in a way that was originally conceived as part of the msueum’s original build way back in 1877. The then young colony of South Australia struggled for money and the design was shelved.
Oldman said, “Now is the opportunity to perhaps complete that vision.”