Building the Future

Rendering of museum expansion. © KieranTimberlake.


Posted by Kemper Art Museum August 21, 2017


In 2017 Washington University in St. Louis began one of the most significant capital projects in the recent history of the Danforth Campus: transformation of the east end. The comprehensive plan includes new academic facilities, to support the University's core missions of teaching and research, and expansive green space that better connects academic programs and provides a more inviting, relaxed gathering place for the University community and visitors to campus.

Two key components of the plan include changes to the Sam Fox School campus: the construction of Anabeth and John Weil Hall and the expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. 

The Museum will remain open to the public until May 2018, when it will temporarily close until fall 2019. We look forward to the grand reopening in 2019 and the opportunities the expansion will provide to expand the Museum's offerings of intellectually stimulating programs and exhibitions. 

Visit for additional details about the plan to transform the east end of the Danforth Campus and project updates.

Kemper Art Museum Expansion

The expansion on the north side of the Kemper Art Museum will create a striking new facade composed of 30-foot-tall pleated stainless steel panels that will reflect the surrounding landscape, sky, and buildings. This iconic surface will serve as a beacon, drawing visitors from both the Danforth Campus and beyond.

The new entrance will feature a welcoming, light-filled room where the Museum will host an array of programs. The new James M. Kemper Gallery will be a state-of-the-art 2,700-square-foot exhibition space allowing us to showcase a larger portion of our world-class collection. In addition, the Florence Steinberg Weil Sculpture Garden will be relocated to a beautiful setting north of Weil Hall. 

View Museum expansion fact sheet >>

Accessing the Museum

Due to construction, the parking lots in the vicinity of the Museum are no longer accessible. Museum visitors may park in the Danforth University Center (DUC) Garage off of Forsyth, but must purchase a hang tag from the University Bookstore. 

View details on parking, visitor drop-off, and accessibility >>

News Stories

"Monumental Undertaking" Under Way, May 13, 2017 >>

Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of university’s east end transformation project, May 11, 2017 >>

Designs Shared for East End of Danforth Campus, October 11, 2016 >>

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum to Expand, October 10, 2016 >>

Transforming the East End of the Danforth Campus, Jessica Martin, October 5, 2015 >>

Architect Named for Weil Hall, Sam Fox School, April 13, 2015 >>


KieranTimberlake is the architecture firm for both Anabeth and John Weil Hall and the Kemper Art Museum expansion. The Philadelphia-based firm has designed many significant higher education projects; among them are the Sculpture Building and School of Art Gallery at Yale University (2007), winner of an AIA Top Ten Green award, and the Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University (2011), winner of the 2015 AIA Institute Honor Award. A strong research practice within the firm allows for an innovative approach to reducing the environmental impact of its projects. For more information, visit the firm's website.

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