Reinventing a Museum: Celebrating Collections and Rethinking Engagement
AbstractClosed for nineteen months, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts paused to replace the building’s vapor barrier to preserve the building’s structural integrity and to better maintain environmental controls for the collections. Additionally, HVAC systems were updated, building monitoring systems were improved, and heat trace was added to the windows to mitigate condensation. Consulting first with Michael Henry and Wendy Jessup to inform the University’s process around the specific needs of the collections, the University ultimately contracted with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger to design the project. While closed, the Museum staff worked diligently to ensure the protection of the collections and set about to reinstall and rethink just about everything. The UMFA reopened in August 2017 with new installations and an improved visitor experience, but also with an increased ability to maintain industry-standard environmental controls without further damage to the Museum’s beautiful building.
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DIETRICH, Gretchen G. Reinventing a Museum: Celebrating Collections and Rethinking Engagement. Selected Proceedings of Advances in Conservation, [S.l.], nov. 2017. Available at: <https://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/waac/article/view/4003>. Date accessed: 28 jan. 2023.