Penn State recently offered its the most immersive look yet at the new Palmer Museum of Art with a virtual animation of the building, which is set to open in spring 2024.

The two-and-a-half-minute video — created by the Palmer Museum in collaboration with Brooklyn Digital Foundry and building designer Allied Works — shows what visitors can expect both inside and outside the museum. Renderings of the $85 million museum’s exterior have already been released, but the video tour is the most comprehensive look yet at the 71,254-square-foot building and what the interior will look like.

Construction near the Arboretum, the site of the new museum, began last July.

“The flyover animation brings to life the essence of the museum’s new building and reveals the strategic goal of connecting art, nature, and architecture,” museum director Erin M. Coe said in a statement. a written statement. “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.

According to a press release, the new Palmer will double the museum’s exhibition space to 20 galleries, improve accessibility, add educational and event spaces, install a museum store and cafe, and bring natural light into the building. ‘facility. Penn State officials have previously said they expect to nearly triple annual attendance from 35,000 to 95,000 while creating more job opportunities and more visitation opportunities for students in kindergarten to 12th grade.

The current Palmer Museum of Art, located less than a mile from the new location, celebrates its 50th anniversary. In this context, the museum will present several upcoming exhibitions which focus on both Palmer’s history and future – including one titled “Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty” and another titled “Designed for the Future: The New Palmer Museum of Art at the Arboretum”. Both exhibitions will run from September 23 to December 18.

Penn State has previously said it views the new museum as part of a “cultural gateway,” a first step in creating a center that could one day include a planetarium, conservatory and performance space.

Josh Moyer earned his BA in Journalism from Penn State and his MS from Columbia. He has been involved in news and sports writing for nearly 20 years. He boasts the best athlete he’s ever seen as Tecmo Super Bowl’s Bo Jackson.


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