Massachusetts General Hospital MuseumEdit profile
The planned Massachusetts General Hospital Museum would be located on a prominent site at the gateway to its downtown Boston campus, reflecting the medical achievements and culture of the hospital and its vital place in the community. Museum exhibits will document the history and evolution of medicine and surgery as well as the clinical care and research that underlie the extraordinary progress in understanding, treating, curing and preventing disease. The new building would include reception and orientation space, a core exhibition gallery, rotating exhibition gallery, media and lecture space and a rooftop gathering space. A connecting terrace will provide access from the museum to the existing former Resident Physician’s House, which will accommodate archival and administration space. The building is being designed with BIM (Building Information Modeling). It is currently in Construction Document phase and is projected for completion in 2011, which is the year the hospital celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding. The two main exhibit floors include a two-story exhibit hall at the public entry and a connecting open monumental stair. A three-story core with mezzanine provides building and museum support and a secondary hospital entry via a small ground level garden. The glazed lobby offers views of the former Resident Physicians House across a narrow garden. A projected fritted window at the second floor frames views to the State House dome beyond. A lifted band of natural copper and fritted glass at the second story and roof parapet provides a darker area for exhibits on the second floor while the clear glass at the first floor allows exhibits to be seen by passerbys.