Mecanoo’s geology-inspired Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi takes shape on Saadiyat Island

Mecanoo, the Dutch firm that recently dazzled New Yorkers with its $200 million transformation of the Mid-Manhattan Library (alongside Beyer Blinder Belle), is now set to wow future museum-goers in Abu Dhabi with its design for the emirate’s forthcoming Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi. Although the 377,000-square-foot new destination was just formally unveiled by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), construction on the project is already underway at a waterfront site on the island-bound Saadiyat Cultural District. The new museum is slated for completion at the end of 2025.

Set to showcase some of the “rarest wonders of

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