Michigan State University in US opens Broad Art Museum

12 November 2012 (Last Updated November 12th, 2012 18:30)

Michigan State University has opened the $45m Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at its campus designed by architect Zaha Hadid.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Michigan State University has opened the $45m Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at its campus designed by architect Zaha Hadid.

The 46,000ft² museum will house a collection of 7,500 objects from different periods: the Greek and Roman through to the Renaissance and Modern era.

Located at one of the main entrances to campus at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Farm Lane, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will act as a gateway between the university and the East Lansing community.

More than 70% of the museum will be dedicated to exhibition spaces, including galleries for special exhibitions, modern and contemporary art, new media, photography and works on paper.

The museum will also feature an education wing, a works-on-paper study centre, a shop and café, while there will be an outdoor sculpture garden and a pedestrian plaza near the building.

The exterior facade of the building is built in steel and glass, contrary to the traditional brick Collegiate Gothic north campus.

Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon said, "The Broad Museum’s bold concept and design reflect Michigan State’s ethos of connecting both campus and community to world-class innovation, global vision and transformative opportunity."

According to Michigan State University, the museum will be used as a teaching institution and a cultural hub.

In addition, the museum will also serve as an academic resource centre and a centre for student and public engagement, enjoyment and multidisciplinary learning.

The museum has been named after MSU alumnus Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, who had provided a gift of $28m for the project.

According to an economic study conducted by Michigan State University, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is expected to attract between 125,000 to 150,000 visitors per year and contribute $5.75m to the regional economy every year.


Photo: The 46,000 ft² Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum has been designed by Zaha Hadid. Image: Paul Warchol/Michigan State University.