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MEDIA ADVISORY: University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology to Reopen

April 19th, 2015

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

WHAT: After 18 months of relocation and gallery reorganization, the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU will celebrate its grand reopening. Improved art facilities and spacious galleries will welcome new and returning guests.

On Sept. 30, 2013, the Museum of Art and Archaeology closed its location on MU’s main campus and began its relocation to Mizzou North. More than 16,000 pieces of art and artifacts were packed and moved.

“I’m excited to welcome visitors to the new galleries,” said Alex Barker, professor of archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and museum director. “I’ve been surprised at how many works look different in their new surroundings and how many details are visible in familiar works that hadn’t been apparent before. The public display of art is a key part of our mission, and we’re happy to be opening on April 19.”

WHERE: The Museum of Art and Archaeology
Mizzou North (formerly Ellis Fischel Cancer Center)
115 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia

WHEN: 2 – 6 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 3 p.m.), Sunday, April 19

NOTE: The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, please visit the museum website: