Introducing the New Museum Exterior Concept!
We're thrilled to publicly debut the conceptual rendering for the exterior of the new museum by our architects SmithGroup JJR.
The facility will feature an airy lobby, multipurpose room, three exhibition galleries, office suite, and program spaces.
We look forward to sharing more with you!
Major Progress on Capitol Crossing
In mid-June, Capitol Crossing, the $1.3-billion mixed-used project adjacent to the Lillian & Albert Small Museum, finished the highway deck on which the first of five planned buildings will be erected.
To celebrate this work, developer Property Group Partners released this time-lapse video of this phase of construction. Directly center and toward the back of the frame sits our historic synagogue, witness to the project.
In the coming months, the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum will become more than just a witness, but rather a participant in the project. It will be picked up and moved to a temporary location for a few years until its new site at Third & F Streets, NW, is ready. We anticipate the first move will occur by the end of the year.
Preparing For The Synagogue Move
The first big step in the move of the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum -- emptying the building -- is complete.
For seven days, a team specializing in relocating museum collections took great care packing the following into a truck:
- 567 artifacts
- 500 linear feet of archival documents, photographs, and scrapbooks
- 153 oversized documents and photos in flat-file cases
- 45 textiles
- 6 original pews from Adas Israel, Ohev Sholom, Washington Hebrew, and Ohr Kodesh
As well as furnishings including:
- 20 metal shelving units
- 28 light fixtures
- 6 reproduction pews
- 2 custom-made museum-quality cabinets
- 2 bimah chairs
All of these items are now stored by a museum-services company in a controlled-access vault in a secure facility with fire protection and 24/7 climate control. Our staff will be able to access and work with the collections at any time.