MU Museum of Art and Archaeology galleries delayed due to renovations

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 8:03 p.m. CDT; updated 2:39 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 29, 2014

*CORRECTION: The Museum of Art and Archaeology was moved from Pickard Hall. An earlier version of this story included another hall.

COLUMBIA — The opening of the full galleries at MU's transplanted Museum of Art and Archaeology will probably be delayed until early 2015 because renovations at Mizzou North are taking longer than expected, museum director Alex Barker said.

"Once the renovations are closer to being completed, we'll announce an opening date," Barker said.

The five to seven galleries were scheduled to open this fall. Barker said it will take longer to construct the gallery spaces to specifically accommodate displays of art and artifacts.

*This past spring, the museum was moved to Mizzou North — the former Ellis-Fischel Cancer Center off Business Loop 70 — from its home in Pickard Hall, which is being renovated.

Pickard Hall had potential radiation contamination left over from its days as home of the Department of Chemistry.

The museum's location at Mizzou North is still intended to be temporary, Barker said.

The museum is currently offering a gallery featuring cast copies of Greek and Roman statues and busts. The museum store is open on the first floor, and the galleries under construction are on the second floor.

Also at Mizzou North is the Museum of Anthropology, which was moved from Swallow Hall while it is being renovated for upgrades and to add classrooms. Barker said the anthropology museum's gallery spaces, which adjoin those of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, will probably be ready to open about the same time.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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