The Fresno Metropolitan Museum
of Art and Science was a Smithsonian
Institution Affiliate and American Association of Museums
accredited museum located in downtown Fresno, California
, in the San Joaquin Valley
. The Museum was established in 1984 and was one of the largest museum between San Francisco
and Los Angeles
. “The Met” was housed in the historic 1922 Fresno Bee
In August 2005, the museum began an extensive interior renovation; the first of its kind since the Museum's opening. The renovation concluded and the museum reopened on November 13, 2008 and the museum later closed on January 5, 2010, due to the financial losses of the organization .
In 1978, a group of Fresno civic leaders began to explore the possibility of creating a regional museum for the San Joaquin Valley
. From 1981-1985, these members of the community raised more than $5.5 million to open the Met in the historic downtown site of the Fresno Bee building. The Museum opened its doors to the community on April 8, 1984.
Since that time, the Museum has attracted more than 2 million people with its programs in art and science with diverse exhibitions including A T. rex Named Sue, Masterworks from the Albertina, Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of the Sublime, Variations on a Theme: American Prints from Pop Art to Minimalism—A Selection from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection