The date is official: On Nov. 16, the new wing of the Tacoma Art Museum will open to the public.
The museum broke ground in September on an expansion and renovation to house the private art collection of German billionaire Erivan Haub and his wife, Helga. The Haubs will donate 280 works of Western art that have been in their private collection, as well as fund an endowment. The donation and expansion will add 10 jobs to the museum staff.
The Haubs have a long connection to Tacoma. Their three sons were born here, and they also own significant property in downtown, including the Columbia Bank Center.
The 16,000-square-foot museum expansion adds 32 percent new space to the museum’s 50,000-square-foot facility, according to a news release. Tom Kundig designed the Haub galleries "as an elegant horizontal structure with a nod to Native American long houses and railroad boxcars," the release said.
The museum plans special events leading up to the public opening day, it said, including a gala on Friday, Nov. 14, and a members-only celebration on Saturday, Nov. 15.