The Autry National Center on Wednesday bought a new facility on Victory Boulevard to house a new research and resource center.
The acquisition will accommodate curatorial offices, laboratories, two research libraries and about 500,000 artworks and artifacts, museum officials said.
Mayor Anja Reinke highlighted the upcoming project this week as part of a long-term goal to bolster the presence of the arts in Burbank.
"It is my goal as part of the cultural arts committee that Burbank would get more museums to enrich our arts experience," she said.
With the plan to establish a museum-quality storage space to house collections from both the National Center and the Southwest Museum building, the Autry is scheduled to complete the project by the end of 2013.
The Autry plans to add a second story to the existing building, but no floor plan or outside design is available yet. Chu + Gooding Architects — a Los Angeles-based firm that has done work for the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hammer Museum and the Getty Center — will design the new research facility.