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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?

American Art & Portrait Galleries' Courtyard

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Sam Greenberg

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Exhibits in the National Museum Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

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

Sunken Sculpture Garden at HMSG

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Hirshhorn Museum Interior Court

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

Arlington Sisu 1A Sailplane, NASM. [digital image]

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Chromosaturation

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden