Museum Awarded Major Grant from State of Massachusetts
May 12, 2016
We are pleased and proud to announce that this significant, highly sought after and thoroughly vetted capital grant was awarded to the Museum of World War II by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.
The announcement on May 12th revealed that this was the maximum amount awarded to a cultural institution this year. Only eight others received grants on this level, including Boston Symphony/Tanglewood and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.
This capital grant requires a dollar-for-dollar match which we will be seeking from friends and supporters of the Museum. Together, the grant and matching gifts, will be used for the second phase of the Museum’s planned expansion from a 10,000 sq.ft. facility to a 65,000 sq.ft. facility. The first successfully completed phase of the expansion resulted in the 2015 purchase of the land adjacent to the Museum ensuring that the Museum will expand without relocating.
Why the expansion? Quite simply, the Museum has inadequate space for the extraordinary collection, all the visitors who want to come and our thriving education programs. The new Museum will feature triple the exhibition space, double the space for research Archives, the Shipley Education Center, a special exhibitions gallery, a multi-purpose room for lectures, movies and conferences, and a conservation laboratory. Conservative estimates place annual visitors over 100,000 in the new building, and student visitors over 12,000.