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Renovation and Expansion Fact Sheet
The Detroit Institute of Arts underwent a major renovation, including a complete reinstallation of the galleries to provide visitors with a more comprehensive and engaging experience of the museum's exceptional collections. Anchored by its 1927 Beaux Arts building designed by Paul Cret, the DIA last made major structural changes in the late 1960s, when the museum's North and South Wings were added.
5200 Woodward Avenue, in the heart of Midtown Detroit
April 30, 2001
Michael Graves, Michael Graves & Associates, Princeton, NJ
|Architect of Record||
Walbridge / Jenkins
|Sq. Ft. Prior to Project||
|Total Additional Sq. Ft.||
|Additional Gallery Space||
31,682 sq. ft.
$158.2 million total:
|Major New Features||
Major physical changes to the building include:
The Wayne & Joan Webber Education Wing consists of the following:
The new CaféDIA opened in Dec. 2003 and features dining space for 250. The menu ranges from an extensive salad bar to gourmet sandwiches, soups, hot entrees, and more. The flexible space can be divided into three separate areas for private meetings/functions, or used as a single large event space. The Café also includes a new kitchen on the basement and first floor levels.
The new Museum Shop is larger than the previous store, with significantly more frontage in the Farnsworth Street Lobby.
|Collections and Programming||
Founded in 1885, the DIA is one of the foremost art museums in the United States and a leading cultural resource for the city and the region. The DIA is home to more than 60,000 works of art, which comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887) to Diego Rivera's celebrated Detroit Industry murals, the DIA's collection reveals the scope and depth of human experience, imagination and emotion. The building project enables the DIA to exhibit more of its collection and offer new programming that connects the community to the museum's exceptional resources.