- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History have approved a design for a $325 million addition.

The museum’s trustees approved the plan for the six-story Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation on Wednesday.

The new addition is planned for the Columbus Avenue side of the museum complex on the Upper West Side.

The design by Jeanne Gang of Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects features curved surfaces that would contrast with the museum’s older turreted buildings.

Museum President Ellen Futter says the design facilitates a “fluid, cross-disciplinary journey through the natural world.”

The design must be approved by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The new addition is projected to open in late 2019 or early 2020.

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