Exciting things are in the works at the High! We’re beginning the first major reinstallation and renovation of the collection galleries since the High’s transformative expansion in 2005.
2018 Reinstallation Goals:
- Showcase our strengths
- Reimagine how the collections relate to their gallery spaces
- Improve wayfinding and flow
- Mitigate light exposure and make sure our artworks are properly cared for
- Display artworks that are relevant to our communities
The Museum will remain open during the project, but permanent collection gallery access will be restricted to staff as we work to remove and store works of art in preparation for summer construction. We will debut the new presentations of our gallery spaces in fall of 2018.
Explore the tabs below for Reinstallation FAQs, events and exhibitions happening during reinstallation construction, and collection resources always available online.
2018 Reinstallation: Frequently Asked Questions
- What is reinstallation?
- What is the permanent collection?
- How will the reinstallation affect access to the Museum?
- Why is reinstallation happening now?
- When does reinstallation start at the High?
- What happens to artwork during the reinstallation?
- Is it common for a museum to undergo reinstallation?
- Will the original architecture look different?
- Will I be able to see the construction of the new galleries?
- What does conservation mean for a museum?
- What will the reinstallation mean for my visit?
- When will the reinstallation be completed?
- What can I expect to see once the reinstallation has been completed?
- Will new artwork be unveiled when the galleries reopen?
- I want my favorite piece to come back on view. How can I make my favorite known?
- Who pays for the reinstallation?
- Can I contribute to the cost of reinstallation?
- Will there be a party to celebrate the reinstallation opening?
- Will the reinstallation affect the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition?
- Is the admission price to the Museum still the same? Why?
- How will this affect Second Sundays?
- Will admission to the Museum increase after the reinstallation?
- Will my membership stop during the reinstallation?
- Will the museum reciprocal program still be in place for out-of-town visitors?
- Will there still be programs during the reinstallation?
- What will happen to Toddler Thursdays, First Fridays, and Friday Jazz?
- Are tours still available at the Museum?
- Will museum hours stay the same?
- Is the café open during the reinstallation?
- Where can I eat at the High?
- Is the Shop open during the reinstallation?
- Is the Greene Family Learning Gallery open during the reinstallation?
What is reinstallation?
Reinstallation is an important opportunity for the High Museum to reconsider its permanent collection gallery spaces and address the conservation needs of artworks that have been on view for extended periods of time. The process includes removing artworks from the galleries and assessing their condition, renovating and redesigning the gallery spaces, and reinstalling artworks and informational graphics and texts. In addition to making the galleries more welcoming and memorable, the reinstallation will allow us to highlight our collection’s growth and core strengths while providing dynamic and engaging experiences for visitors and improve accessibility throughout the High’s facilities. When the galleries reopen, you’ll see old favorites, new acquisitions, and previously stored artworks displayed in thoughtful and meaningful ways.
What is the permanent collection?
The Museum’s permanent collection comprises more than 16,000 works of art across seven collecting areas: African Art, American Art, Decorative Arts and Design, European Art, Folk and Self-Taught Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Photography. Works from the permanent collection are always on view at the High, whereas special exhibitions change approximately every three months.
How will the reinstallation affect access to the Museum?
The Museum will remain open during the reinstallation process, but public access to the Stent Family Wing, the Skyway and Lower Levels of the Wieland Pavilion, and the Skyway Level of the Anne Cox Chambers Wing will be restricted. Special exhibitions on view during this time include Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, Outliers and American Vanguard Art, Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki, and With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith.
Why is reinstallation happening now?
Reinstallation is a planned part of the Museum’s long-term strategy. It’s an opportunity for us to rethink the way we present the artwork in our collection. Since 2005, we’ve added nearly 7,000 new objects to the permanent collection. Now feels like the right time to showcase these works, address wayfinding, spruce up the galleries, and make the collection presentations more cohesive and engaging for visitors.
When does reinstallation start at the High?
Art handlers are removing artwork from the galleries to prepare for summer construction. The entire Stent Family Wing will be closed by April 30. The Lower Level galleries of the Wieland Pavilion will remain open until June 3.
Will the original architecture look different?
The structure of the buildings will not change. The galleries will undergo some renovations to open up lines of sight, provide directional cues, and make connections between artworks in different collecting areas.
Will I be able to see the construction of the new galleries?
You will not see major construction in the galleries, but their completed designs will draw your attention to subtle differences that open the galleries up for exploration and connectivity and provide an improved visitor experience.
What does conservation mean for a museum?
Conservation is the treatment of museum objects, which includes maintaining, preserving, and restoring artwork to its best possible condition. Conservators repair artworks and diminish the effects of long-term display.
What will the reinstallation mean for my visit?
Continue to expect regular programming, including First Fridays, Friday Jazz, and Second Sundays. The High also will continue to present special exhibitions.
What can I expect to see once the reinstallation has been completed?
Expect to see new and never-displayed acquisitions as well as some old favorites. You will also be able to see common threads and connections between collections that might not have been apparent before.
Will new artwork be unveiled when the galleries reopen?
Yes. The High Museum has acquired nearly 7,000 new artworks in the last several years. These pieces will be incorporated into reinstallation plans and will join old favorites as well as other works coming out of storage.
I want my favorite piece to come back on view. How can I make my favorite known?
Please feel free to tell any of our visitor services staff about your favorite artwork or submit a comment card in person or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t make any promises, but knowing your favorites is important to us!
Can I contribute to the cost of reinstallation?
Yes, all donations made to the Annual Fund go toward operational expenses for the Museum. Visit www.high.org/ways-to-give or call 404-733-4400 to donate to the Annual Fund.
Will there be a party to celebrate the reinstallation opening?
The reopening is slated to take place on the weekend of a Second Sunday, so there will be an open-house celebration for all of Atlanta to see and experience the new galleries for free.
Is the admission price to the Museum still the same? Why?
Admission to the Museum will continue to be free for members and $14.50 for not-yet-members. The High will still be operational during the renovation period, offering everyone’s favorite programs, events, and special exhibitions.
Will there still be programs during the reinstallation?
Yes, we will continue to present our popular programs for families, date-night options including First Fridays and Friday Jazz, and other regular programs. Visit the website for information about all upcoming events.
Will museum hours stay the same?
Yes, museum hours are still the same. Please check our hours page for details.
Where can I eat at the High?
Light bites, snacks, and drinks are available at CJ’s Café in the Taylor Lobby of the Wieland Pavilion and at Octane Coffee, adjacent to the Memorial Arts Building. You can also visit the Twelve Eighty – Inspired Dining restaurant, which offers full lunch, dinner, and cocktail menus.
Is the Greene Family Learning Gallery open during the reinstallation?
No. The Greene Family Learning Gallery, on the first floor of the Stent Family Wing, will undergo major renovations to double its footprint in celebration of the High’s fiftieth anniversary of serving children through dedicated family spaces. Renovations for the family gallery and permanent collection galleries begin on May 18, and both spaces will reopen this fall.