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Museum History

A Brief History

Fuller Craft Museum was made possible by Myron Fuller who set up a trust fund for an art center to be educational in nature. A native of Brockton, Fuller was a geologist and a hydrologist. During his career, he amassed a small fortune. From his accumulated wealth, Fuller set aside the sum of one million dollars, to establish the art museum and cultural center in memory of his family.

In 1969, the Museum was built and first opened its doors as the new Brockton Art Center-Fuller Memorial. There was no collection, but there were lectures and exhibitions of mostly drawings and paintings, all for the annual membership price of $10. The Museum eventually changed its name to The Fuller Museum of Art and began collecting artwork in every medium.

In 2004, the Museum changed again to Fuller Craft Museum to focus solely on collecting contemporary craft, which is rooted in the creation of functional objects and dates back roughly to the end of World War II. Makers who work primarily with their hands in materials that are tactile and familiar (wood, metal, glass, ceramics, and fiber) have stretched the boundaries of these functional everyday objects into the conceptual, the personal, the virtuosic, and wildly imaginative studio craft scene. We strive to keep this work accessible, to put people in touch with the minds and methods of the makers and the values embodied by craft.

The Architecture

“The idea was really to make an art museum that used nature as art. The idea was that you looked at man-made art, and then you were about to look at nature’s art, to see that together and to be able to appreciate it together.” — Doris Cole Architecture: Works of Art That People Live and Work In.

In the spirited, urban, and diverse city of Brockton, Fuller Craft’s serene 20-acre campus provides a rare combination for people looking to experience art, culture, and the natural environment all in one idyllic setting. The Museum is surrounded by over 700 acres of scenic woodland and the brilliant architectural landscape of D.W. Field Park in Brockton, MA.

Fuller Craft Museum’s award-winning 21,000 square foot building, sculpture garden, and courtyards provide a serene getaway. With high ceilings, wide corridors, slate floors, natural wood beams, and myriad floor-to-ceiling-windows—there is an abundance of natural light and atmosphere that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor beauty.

Anderson’s proposal for a “rural-cultural experience” was inspired by Denmark’s modernist masterpiece, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art…”The Louisiana is a beautiful museum, essentially a series of pavilions with links between them. That is how we designed Fuller Craft Museum.”

Read more from “Seeds of Development: An Architectural Account of the Early Fuller Craft Museum” by former Associate Curator Michael McMillan.

Learn More about the Museum: Museum Architecture

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