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2016 Roof Preservation Project

In staying true with our founder’s wishes to preserve the Historic Palace and collection “for the education and enjoyment of the public forever,” the Gardner Museum underwent a scheduled roof preservation project in 2016. The Museum replaced the roof over the Tapestry Room and Little Salon on the second floor of the Historic Palace. To protect items in Gardner's collection, the second floor of the historic palace was off view from March through November 2016. During this time period, the Museum exhibited masterpieces from the second floor in the exhibition Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces.

Why a New Wing for the Gardner Museum?

In 1999, the Gardner Museum embarked upon a strategic planning process to plan for the future. This process yielded important studies and discussions regarding the preservation of the historic building and its collection. The Museum made the bold decision to build an addition to the palace in order to relieve pressure on the spaces within the building. The new wing, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, opened in January 2012.

Learn more about the building project here, or click the image below to view a gallery of photos of the new wing.