"It actually looks like a museum," said Tudy Cool. "I liked the Bees Wing. I knew some of the artists."
MAM promised to wow patrons back in March when they closed their doors to undergo renovations after receiving an anonymous donation. Judging by the local reaction, the museum kept that promise.
"We tried to make sure there was something for everyone," said Anna Curator, head of development for MAM. "We've got some classics and moderns, and then we included local talent in the Bees Wing and with our partners at the Instagallery."
Curator says the only thing still lagging is the coffee bar, but it should be finished sometime this summer.
"We're going to turn cappuccinos and lattes into works of art, but we've got to address some plumbing and barista issues before we offer that service."
For now patrons will have to make do with a solid collection of art, a pretty garden, and free water fountains near the restrooms in every wing.
"We've got a lot of fun things coming up," Curator said. "There's going to be a tree dedication ceremony in the Drew Tyler Gardens in a few weeks, and a couple of traveling exhibits will make a pit stop in Mooseville this fall."
As a token of appreciation to the community for their patience during the renovation process, MAM is offering free admission for all visitors during the first week.