The New Lancaster Plaza Entrance is Now Open!

A view of WAM's new Lancaster Plaza

The Worcester Art Museum celebrated its new Lancaster Street entrance on December 2, 2021. The Lancaster Plaza, designed by WHY Architects, includes new stairs with granite treads and a steel frame. A new elevator provides accessibility to all three floors of the Museum's Higgins Education Wing, including the Lancaster Welcome Center.

WHY, recently named one of the top 100 architecture and design firms in the world by Architectural Digest, also served as the architect for WAM’s Salisbury Access Bridge (2015) and continues to guide the Museum’s campus master plan. Contractor for the Plaza project was Kaplan Construction of Brookline, MA.

We are grateful to the following supporters who made this renovation possible:

  • C. Jean and Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation
  • Ruth H. and Warren A. Ellsworth Foundation
  • Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund
  • The Fred Harris Daniels Foundation
  • Stoddard Charitable Trust
  • Hoche-Scofield Foundation
  • and two Anonymous funders
A crowd of people watch the ribbon cutting for the new Lancaster Plaza