The Holocaust Museum is about to undergo what is described as "the most important building project the Museum will ever undertake." With the expectation that the Museum collection will double over the next decade, the Museum is raising $40 million to construct a 100,000-square-foot collection facility in Bowie, Maryland.
Titled the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center, the project will feature specialized laboratories, equipment and climate-controlled environments to preserve the Holocaust-related artifacts. In the warehouse, there will also be offices, storage and management, a meeting space, and a kitchen. With almost 25 years of leasing space for the collection, the Holocaust Museum is expected to exhaust the space in fewer than five years. The design is expected to be accepted by the National Capitol Planning Commission next month.
· Coming to Bowie, perhaps the world's largest Holocaust artifact warehouse [Washington Business Journal]
· The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center [United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]