Secretary Heyman rules that Patent Office building will be shared by the National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery, February, 2000

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Summary

One of Secretary I. Heyman's final rulings while he was in office was the decision for the National Museum of American Art (Now Smithsonian American Art Museum) and the National Portrait Gallery to share the interior space of the old Patent Office building following the building's upcoming renovation. NMAA would be afforded more exhibit space than NPG since their collections are much larger in size and quantity. Each museum would have more exhibit space than they had previously. The renovation began in February 2000, and the museums reopened in 2006.

Subject

  • Heyman, Ira Michael 5/30/1930-11/19/2011
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

The Torch-No. 00-2, 2000 Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession: 05-298

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

February , 2000

Topic

  • Architecture
  • Art museums
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Conservation and renovation
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Building--Conservation and renovation

Place

Washington (D.C.)

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