The Portland Museum of Art closed today for a refurbishment that includes sanding and refinishing floors, painting walls, and adding a new gallery and study room. The upgrades for the cultural institution in Portland, Maine, will cost less than $2 million.

This is the first step in a years-long process to reimagine the museum campus. Early this year, museum trustees are expected to approve a three-year strategic plan, designed by local firm Scott Simons Architects, that increases its public space and calls for a retrofit of the Clapp House, an early 1800s structure owned by the museum. The challenge for the museum campus is to adapt dated buildings to contemporary needs, increasing public assembly space, adding a store accessible without paying admission fees, expanding the café, and developing a nearby parking facility.

The museum will reopen on Jan. 22.

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