The Museum of Biblical Art, located near Columbus Circle in New York, will close after the final day of its “Sculpture in the Age of Donatello” exhibition on June 14. The museum began as a gallery inside the American Bible Society (ABS) on Broadway before breaking off as an independent institution in 2004, though it was still located on the second floor of the ABS. It opened to the public in 2005.
The ABS sold its building in February, and will relocate to Philadelphia. The museum has been looking for a new home in New York ever since. According to a release sent out Tuesday afternoon, the museum could not raise the funds to renovate and lease a new site in New York.
In a statement, the museum’s director, Richard P. Townsend, said, “I am deeply proud of what we have accomplished at MOBIA, and deeply sorry that we will not be able to present the many exciting exhibitions and projects we had planned for the coming years. Parting with our incomparable staff is extremely difficult and I want to express my profound gratitude to them and our Board for their commitment to the Museum and their exceptional achievements and service. I also want to thank our partners, advocates, members, and all our many visitors for their support and their enthusiastic embrace of our programs. They have made my tenure as director of the Museum both an honor and a pleasure.”