It used to be that Palm Beach County residents were admitted to the Norton Museum for “Free-99” on Saturdays.  That alone was drool worthy. A lazy Saturday might include first stopping by Tulipan Bakery on Belvedere Road for guava and cheese pastelitos and a cafe con leche to combat the -itis from said pastelito. Well, starting July 5 and through December 2018, the Museum will be free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.

Norton Museum Sculpture Garden
Photo Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Founded in 1941, the Norton apparently thinks it’s time to expand a bit (someone must’ve told them that “boys like a little more booty to hold at night”).  In preparation, they’ll be closed May 30th through July 4 — at which point highlights from the American, Chinese, Contemporary, and European art, and Photography collections will move to the east galleries.

The project reorients the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway, restoring the symmetry of the museum’s original 1941 design, and includes a new 42,000-square-foot West Wing that doubles education space, and increases gallery space for the Norton’s renowned collection. The transformation of the Museum’s 6.3-acre campus will create a museum in a garden, featuring new, verdant spaces and a sculpture garden.

The Museum also will continue presenting a variety of programs, including Art After Dark on Thursdays and Family Studio on Saturdays, and will create special exhibitions using its world-class collection. Programming for the summer and beyond will be announced shortly. The biennial Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers is set for October 2016, and the Sixth Annual Recognition of Art by Women (RAW) exhibition will open in January 2017.

— Scott Benarde, Director of Communications

More information will be made available on Norton.org after July 1.

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