Founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton, the Norton Museum of Art opened its doors with the mission to preserve for the future the beautiful things in the past. That is the reason why the collection includes a variety of European, American and Chinese art as well as photography and contemporary art.
In 2003, it overtook the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in Sarasota, as the largest museum of Florida. Since its opening until now, there has been a significant expansion that created more space to display art. The Gail and Melvin Nessel Wing was designed by Chad Floyd of the Connecticut-based Centerbrook Architects & Planners and that brought 14 new galleries and space for educational and social events.
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In 2013, the museum revealed a $60 million master plan designed by the architect Norman Foster that would nearly double its gallery space and add an education center, auditorium, and restaurant. A sculpture garden was added, as well as a new entrance and forecourt along the main thoroughfare. The museum had to close in July 2018 for renovations but it reopened in 2019 adding gallery space, new classrooms, a restaurant, and an auditorium.
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