Throughout Fuller Craft Museum’s nearly 50 year history, the seamless integration of architecture and nature at 455 Oak Street has been the perfect environment to house the aspirations of a changing institution. Whether presenting integral New England paintings in the early 1970s, or fulfilling its current mission of showcasing contemporary craft-based media, Fuller Craft Museum continues to reap the benefits of its intimate, peaceful retreat tucked away in the woods.

louisiana-museum“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

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

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