For Students About UMMA

The UMMA Story

The Building Project

In March 2009, after a transformative, nearly three year expansion and restoration project, the University of Michigan Museum (UMMA) reopened to enthusiastic audiences. The Museum more than doubled in size with the addition of the 53,000 square-foot Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing, and much of the original architectural detail of Alumni Memorial Hall was restored. Allied Works Architecture, of Portand, Oregon, and New York City, architects of the award-winning project, also designed the display furniture throughout the original building and the new addition. In the first year since reopening the Museum welcomed more than 250,000 visitors.

The expansion has enabled the Museum to display more than three times the amount of art from the its near-universal collections, which span cultures, eras, and media. The addition of classrooms, an auditorium, and a variety of gathering spaces contribute to making UMMA a vital town square for the arts at the heart of a powerhouse research university.