Planning continues as we prepare to transform the lobby of the Merkin Building into a welcoming, active, flexible public museum and event space that tells the story of our emerging understanding of human health and disease. The lobby will be closed from July 18 - September 30, 2022 for exhibit installation leading up to the museum launch in the fall.
A number of Broadies are collaborating to update the 7,100-square-foot atrium lobby, currently known as the DNAtrium, into a publicly accessible museum. Opening later in 2022, the Broad Discovery Center will showcase deep narratives around how researchers at the Broad and our partner institutions are systematically deciphering the root causes of disease. Through engaging exhibits and thoughtful storytelling, visitors will discover the history of a variety of disease areas, from previous ways of studying the disease and treating patients to how new technologies and approaches are helping scientists understand the underlying mechanisms that point towards modern therapeutics. Much of this story will be about what's becoming possible and what the future may look like.
The Broad Discovery Center will be a flexible space that allows us to continue hosting scientific meetings, events, and poster sessions in an appealing destination for Broadies, visiting scientists, local residents, tour groups, college students, patients participating in research, and others.
During 2019 and 2020, many Broadies joined us for workshops to test narratives, storylines, and topics. In January 2020, we launched the digital vestibule at the Merkin Building entrance, which serves as Broad's "front door."
Broad Museum Planning Team
Chief Communications Officer
Associate Director, Scientific Public Engagement and Broad Discovery Center
Senior Science Writer
Karen Zusi-Tran (Editorial lead)
Senior Media Relations Manager
Senior Graphic Designer
Project Manager II, Communications
Space planning & design
Senior Director, Facilities
Consultant/Senior Project Manager,
Space Planning & Design
A. Nora Long