Everything you need to know about the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum
The Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum is intended to be another family-friendly space where visitors of all ages can learn more, this time about the natural world. Scheduled to open in 2025, the museum, the first of its kind in the Gulf region, will bring some of the world’s rarest natural specimens dating back billions of years to the emirate. Spanning over 35,000 square meters, the museum is also the largest of its kind in the region and is located in the cultural district of Saadiyat, which is already home to international cultural centers like the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Manarat Al Gallery. Saadiyat.
Designed and developed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) in partnership with Miral, the museum promises to take visitors on a remarkable 13.8 billion year journey through time. and space. While inspiring younger generations to take care of the planet, the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum also aims to examine inspiring future scenarios and provide answers to challenges.
A highlight of the new museum’s collection will be the world famous fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex named Stan, one of the best preserved and most complete dinosaur skeletons that measures 11.7 meters in length. While at the museum, the 67-million-year-old dinosaur will be made available for scientific research and will continue to aid in education and research around the world. Stan, named after Stan Sacrison, the fossil hunter who made the initial discovery of bone fragments, will be joined by a Murchison meteorite specimen. The specimen of the rare type of meteorite crashed in Australia more than 40 years ago. It contains a vast array of organic compounds from stardust as well as pre-solar grains that formed over 7 billion years ago, offering a wealth of information to researchers.
In addition to global natural history, the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum will showcase the history of life on Earth through an Arabic accent. The local fauna, flora and geological history of the region will be exhibited. The museum’s collection will also include various important artifacts. And in addition to the gallery exhibition areas, the museum will include temporary exhibition spaces for special events and theatrical installations. Fascinating experiences, supported by strategic partnerships with world-renowned scholars and natural history experts, are also included in the mix.
Destined to attract thousands of tourists to Abu Dhabi, the Natural History Museum will house a world-class scientific research center. The center will conduct studies in the fields of zoology, entomology, paleontology, marine biology, molecular research and earth sciences. In addition to being an institution for scientific research and education, the museum will be an educational resource to learn about the evolution of our planet. Whether understanding the past or innovating for the future, it is about enriching and developing knowledge.
Mecanoo is the lead architect for the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum project. The Dutch company founded by Francine Houben is known for its eye-catching and attractive spaces such as the TU Delft national library. The company’s portfolio is also replete with international feats, for example, it was involved in the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC.
The leading company has designed the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum to “resonate with natural rock formations”, reflecting the museum’s aim to stimulate engagement and understanding of the natural world. Water and greenery, strong symbols of life in the desert, would also be essential elements of the façade. The design images show organic type buildings covered in greenery that complement the rocky shores of Saadiyat. Geometry stands out as the main theme, with pentagonal shapes that resemble cellular structures.
The Saadiyat Cultural District, located on the scenic and natural Saadiyat Island, stands out as one of the major cultural centers of the world. It will soon be rich with more museums and places of learning and wonder. Visitors will soon have the chance to explore modern art at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and visit the Zayed National Museum to gain insight into the life and times of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. A place of peace and coexistence, The Abrahamic Family House, which will include three religious spaces, is another exciting addition to look forward to.