(ELK HORN) The Danish Immigrant Museum has announced plans to construct an 8,000 sq. ft. curatorial center at its location on the western edge of Elk Horn. The center will be located below ground on the west side of the present building and will feature an environmentally-friendly green roof.
The project cost estimates are $3 million – $2 million for construction and $1 million to be invested in the museum’s endowment to meet increased operational costs. To date, over $2.3 million has been raised or is anticipated, though construction will not begin until the $3 million fundraising goal is reached.
The new addition will include offices for the curatorial staff and interns and space for traveling exhibit design, fabrication and storage, as well as additional climate-controlled artifact storage. There will be a loading dock to facilitate the shipping of traveling exhibits and a quarantine space for isolating artifacts before accessioning. The increased space will allow for the consolidation of four off-site storage facilities that the museum presently rents.
Planning for the curatorial center was initiated in 2011 through a Conservation Assessment Program grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the only federal agency supporting museums and libraries. The CAP grant study identified artifact storage needs as well as steps to preserve the buildings in the museum’s care, including Bedstemor’s House, a historic house museum in Elk