Rendering of new Forum space in Philadelphia museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will have new public spaces after renovations, as shown in this artist's rendering.

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Those visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the watercolor show or future exhibits will find some construction going on inside the building.

The museum building is undergoing renovations designed by famed architect Frank Gehry.

Norman Keyes, the museum’s director of communications, calls it “a major renovation and reorganization of our space.”

“When it is completed in 2020, the museum will have a beautiful Forum in the heart of the building, a soaring space that extends several levels of the museum,” Keyes said in an email last week. “This will be accomplished by the removal of the auditorium.”

When the renovations are complete, Keyes continued, “there will be 23,000 square feet of new gallery space — galleries for American art and modern and contemporary art.”

Eventually, the museum’s north entrance — on the side of the building that faces Kelly Drive — will reopen. The public will be able to gain access to the building from street level.

Sections of the museum’s new vaulted walkway, passing from the north to south ends of the building and through the Forum, will open gradually.

In addition, he said, the museum will have new and expanded dining services when the renovations are complete.

The museum will remain open and fully operational during the renovations.