San Antonio’s Witte Museum held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the second phase ($60 million) of its ongoing expansion (total $100 million), reports the San Antonio Express-News and KSAT.com. The celebration of the “New Witte” was attended by residents, donors, and city officials, including the mayor.
Most of the museum will remain open during construction and the main building of the New Witte, which will add 65,000 square feet, will open in 2017. The Mays Family Center will open in the summer of 2016, featuring a blockbuster exhibition about Mayan civilization. “We’re getting it instead of Houston or Dallas,” says museum President and CEO Marise McDermott. “For the first time, we’re able to compete at that level.”