A virtual tour offers an inside look at the New Palmer Museum of Art

Aerial view of the new Palmer Museum of Art depicted in a 3D animated flyover. Image by Allied Works | Brooklyn Digital Foundry

Penn State’s new Palmer Museum of Art won’t open until spring 2024, but you can take a detailed look inside and out right now.

A recently released flyover animation, produced in collaboration with Allied Works and the Brooklyn Digital Foundry, provides an immersive 3D view of the museum’s new home currently under construction next to the Arboretum.

The two-and-a-half-minute video explores the $85 million facility, a 71,254 square foot facility that will double the museum’s exhibition space to 20 galleries.

“The flyover animation brings the essence of the new museum building to life and reveals the strategic goal of connecting art, nature and architecture,” Palmer Museum Director Erin Coe said in a statement. communicated. “It accurately captures many distinctive architectural features and finishes, including the beautifully variegated sandstone cladding, the metallic lenses on the windows, and the interlocking, sinuous design of the new building which contains both artwork and views about nature, providing visitors with a sense of wonder and well-being as they walk through the Museum, as if walking through the Arboretum grounds.

Penn State Board of Directors final plans approved for the new building in May 2021 and construction has started last July, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony in August.

In addition to the galleries, the new museum will have educational spaces, a shop, a café, an event space opening onto a courtyard with a view of the Arboretum, outdoor terraces and sculpture walkways.

The building will have two wings clad in local stone. The larger wing on the west side is for galleries and museum support spaces, while the east wing will have administrative and educational facilities.

The wings have an open space between them offering a direct view of the Arboretum and are connected to the second level by an enclosed walkway. It is designed to connect to the landscape with interior and exterior courtyards and be a gateway to the Arboretum.

With more space for educational opportunities and its location off Park Avenue away from the central campus, university officials said the new facility will be more accessible and increase visitation.

The new museum is part of a vision of a cultural districtfirst presented by former Penn State President Eric Barron to the board in 2016, to be developed at the Arboretum, with the possibility of other university museums moving to facilities on the site with a new STEM museum, performance spaces, education center, planetarium and winter garden, in a series of connected or semi-connected buildings.

The stream Palmer Art Museum will be reused for academic uses that have not yet been announced.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, the museum will present several exhibitions at its current home on Curtin Road this autumn, including two that look at the museum’s past and future.

“Looking Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty,” which runs September 23 through December 23. 18, builds on Penn State’s “We Are” acclaim and signals an introspective reckoning as the museum marks this historic milestone.

“With a selection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculptures from the permanent collection, the exhibition explores how history, place and community shape our understanding of museums and of ourselves,” according to a press release. . “It invites viewers to take a broader look at personal and cultural identity through the lens of specific works of art and to consider how collections are formed and institutional histories are written.”

“Designed for the Future: The New Palmer Art Museum at the Arboretum,” introduced at the same time, will allow visitors to experience the design of the new building through the model, drawings, plans, renderings and l animation of the architect.

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