Adding elevators and stairs leading to the Fox and Schaefer courts and a circular stair in the lobby leading to the special exhibition galleries.
Increasing space for temporary exhibits.
Creating a new entrance on the north side of the building, facing Hopkins' Homewood campus and lining up with the reopened front entrance.
Adding a backstage area to the museum's auditorium to expand the range of performances and presentations.
Converting the existing library to a gallery, as the space was originally used, and building a new library on the north side of the museum.
Creating a new third level to provide space for conservation and special collections.
Now is a good time to plan for the museum's expansion, Gross said, because the upper Charles Street corridor is experiencing a burst of investment and activity, from new construction on the Hopkins campus to housing and commercial development in Charles Village. Initial community reaction to the plan has been overwhelmingly positive.
"I think it's a phenomenal plan, if they can pull it off," said Sandra Sparks, a longtime Charles Village resident and community activist. "It's comprehensive. It acknowledges the importance of Wyman Park."
"I love the idea of opening up the back of the museum to Johns Hopkins," said architect Jamie Snead. "The alliance with the university can create a synergy that will benefit both institutions."