Plans for a multimillion dollar expansion of the Irish Jewish Museum were laid out at an event at the Irish Consulate in New York on May 22, hosted by the former Lord Mayor of Dublin Ben Briscoe and the Friends of the Irish Jewish Museum.
.According to an article on the Irish Central web site, “work on the project, which has received support from the Irish government, is expected to begin next year with an anticipated completion date of 2016. The goal is to raise $13 million, which includes a sinking fund for ongoing maintenance and operation.”
The article states that the redevelopment will increase the space of the museum, currently housed in a former Dublin synagogue, to six times its current area.
The current facilities display only a small fraction of the available collection, and the redevelopment of the museum will be enlarged to modern day standards that will allow the collection to be maintained and enhanced.
Plans for the new museum, which will be six times the size of the existing structure, will also include a Holocaust Memorial Center in connection with the Holocaust Education Trust of Ireland.
A video on the museum’s web page explains the plans: