Leers Weinzapfel Associates’ Paul S. Russell MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is now open to the public. Located on a prominent site at the entry to the hospital’s downtown campus, this freestanding, purpose-built hospital museum is the first of its kind in the United States. Reflecting MGH’s achievements, culture, and place in the community, it showcases the evolution of medicine and surgery at the hospital and the innovative science and research behind it. The museum is an 8,000-square-foot gateway to a large ensemble of complementary MGH buildings. Representing the “human face” of the hospital complex, this two-story structure with a third level rooftop garden is a literal and symbolic hub with amenities that attract patients, researchers, interns, faculty, staff, and visitors alike. Its gleaming, high-performance, copper exterior enclosure is durable, maintenance-free, and recyclable. Copper-colored fritted glazing provides strong insulation yet allows natural daylight to penetrate the building.
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