Visitors to the Museum have likely noticed that artworks have been removed from the north walls of the lower temporary exhibition gallery (the small gallery at the foot of the stairs just before you enter the Twentieth-Century Gallery bridge). This is to protect the works from any possible damage due to vibrations caused by the ongoing construction of the north elevator tower, just outside the gallery wall.
The new tower, designed by Moshe Safdie, climbs 67 feet from the north lawn to the level of the ravine edge above the museum, and will allow guests to access both of these natural areas without having to climb the many, many steps from the East Terrace to the Rock Ledge trailhead and back down to the north lawn!
At the upper level, guests riding the elevator will cross a 100-foot elevated bridge (that will provide breathtaking views of the Museum campus) to reach the newly upgraded north forest trail. This widened and paved trail will make it easier for guests in wheelchairs or with strollers to visit Crystal Bridges’ beautiful grounds!
Inside the Museum, the new elevator will open onto the east side of the Twentieth-Century Gallery bridge, creating another entrance to the Museum. The space will be reconfigured to serve as a north lobby, including a Guest Services desk and other guest amenities.
The artworks missing from the lower temporary exhibition gallery will be reinstalled as soon as the construction vibration has abated; and the new entrance and elevator will open this spring.