The Palmer Museum of Art offers a first look at the new building with a 3D video tour

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — As Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Palmer looks to a bright future in a new building at the Arboretum. A recently released flyover animation provides an immersive 3D view of the $85 million facility. The Palmer created the two and a half minute video in collaboration with Allied Works and Brooklyn Digital Foundry. The 71,254 square foot facility will open in the spring of 2024.

The Palmer’s new building, designed by Allied Works, will double the museum’s exhibition space to 20 galleries; improving accessibility; bringing inviting natural light into the museum; and include the Palmer’s first educational and event spaces, a museum store and cafe, a sculpture path, and outdoor terraces.

As part of its anniversary year, the Palmer Museum of Art will present several exhibitions this fall, including two that reflect the museum’s past, examine the present and foreshadow the future. “Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty,” on view Sept. 23-Dec. 18, is inspired by Penn State’s iconic “We Are” acclaim and signals a soul-searching recap as the museum marks this historic milestone. Featuring 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 ourselves. 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 Museum of Art at the Arboretum,” also on display September 23 through December 18, allows visitors to experience the new building’s innovative and versatile design through model, drawings, plans, renderings and animation.

For a complete schedule of upcoming summer and fall exhibits, visit

About the Palmer Art Museum

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is the largest collection of art museums between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and the largest university art museum in the state of Pennsylvania. A key part of Penn State’s land-grant teaching, research, and public service mission, the museum is a vital and accessible cultural resource for Penn State students, faculty, and scholars, as well as for all visitors to and from all of Central Pennsylvania. . Through its world-class objects, programs and reach, the museum is a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic forum for authentic artistic experiences and cultivates meaningful dialogue about today’s most powerful ideas and pressing concerns.

A sprawling 21st-century teaching museum, the Palmer Museum of Art is a beacon for advancing the arts and humanities on Penn State’s University Park campus and in its diverse communities. The museum is dedicated to catalyzing groundbreaking research, scholarship, and publishing, as well as providing impactful object-based learning for Penn State and K-12 students. The museum’s enriching and engaging exhibits and programs encourage visitor participation, belonging and discovery. The new museum building will allow the Palmer to foster academic collaborations and enhance student engagement through hands-on learning in purpose-built classroom space, and spaces like the Teaching Gallery, designed to innovative interdisciplinary programs.

Jennifer C. Burleigh