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Museum Architecture

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Design +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

How does the design of a museum . . .

  • reflect the time in which it was built?
  • reflect its purpose?
  • reflect the values of society?
  • fit in (or not) with the surrounding community?

How does the interior design affect the way people experience the space?

The Guggenheim

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Drawing of "Freer Museum" dated December 15, 1913

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

The Whitney Museum of American Art

Archives of American Art

National Museum of the American Indian, 2004

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Exhibits in the National Museum Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Sunken Sculpture Garden at HMSG

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

American Art & Portrait Galleries' Courtyard

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Hirshhorn Museum Interior Court

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Sam Greenberg

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Courtyard Entrance of the NCFA

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Courtyard of the Fine Arts Museum, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Interior of Army Medical Museum

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Interior of NASM's Restaurant

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Chromosaturation

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden