Hundreds of art lovers visited Mizzou North April 19 for the grand reopening of the Museum of Art & Archaeology. The museum had been closed for 18 months while staff relocated the collections from their long-time home in Pickard Hall to the new spot on Business Loop 70, in the building that previously housed the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. The building's second-floor operating rooms have been converted into gallery space for the permanent collection, and the lobby now houses the museum's cast gallery.
The re-opening event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, docent-led tours and refreshments. Tigers and members of the Columbia community ducked in from the rain to spend their Sunday afternoon taking in the art.
Throngs of Columbians attended the April 19 grand re-opening party and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Museum of Art & Archaeology's new space in Mizzou North.
Kyle Lestina (left) and Fitz Daly view Greek vessels in a display case on the second floor.
Becky and Ken Jacroux chat with Eric Theines in the cast gallery.
Art lovers view pieces in the Renaissance room.
New and long-time favorite pieces are on display in the modern art gallery of the museum.
David Leuthold takes a break from the festivities in the cast gallery on the first floor of Mizzou North.
A young art enthusiast passes through the cast gallery.
Event attendees view sculptures.
Patrons mill about in the new museum space.
Dory Colbert views a painting in the Museum of Art & Archaeology.
A sculpture stands on the museum.