The Philadelphia Museum of Art received a $5-million grant from Gov. Tom Corbett's administration that will go toward the renovation of the museum’s main building.
The grant, announced by Susan Corbett on Thursday during a press conference, is one of the economic growth initiative grants awarded by the Corbett administration's redevelopment assistance capital program. It will go toward the museum’s $350-million renovation, designed by architect Frank Gehry, which will add more than 169,000 square feet of space, including a redesign of the "Rocky" steps.
The grant will go toward addressing building system repairs and upgrades, energy efficiency improvements, fire and life safety system investments, and work required to keep the museum in compliance with safety codes.
"Upgrading the building and making it more attractive and easier to use is a really important thing to do for Philadelphia," said Timothy Rub, director and CEO of the museum.
Furthermore, Rub said: "We are hiding our light under a bushel. We have one of the great collections, not only in this country, but in the world. More of it deserves to be seen, so the project addresses that need as well... Read more at PBJ.com.