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We’ve selected key examples of Museum Buildings. We try to include buildings and new building designs that have a strong design intent. The focus is on contemporary buildings from across the world.

We have 6 pages of Museum Buildings selections.

Museum Buildings : news + key projects (this page)

Museum Architecture : A-F

Contemporary Museum Buildings : G-L

Museum Building Designs : M

Museum Designs : N-R

Museum Architecture Designs : S-Z

Latest Museum Building Designs

Architecture Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Musée d’art de Joliette, southwest Quebec, Canada
Design: Les architectes FABG
Art Museum in Joliette Building
photograph : Steve Montpetit
Art Museum in Joliette – 22 Jul 2016
The Musée d’art de Joliette is recognized as Quebec’s most important regional art museum. While pursuing the objectives of conservation, dissemination and research established over half a century ago by its founders, the Musée continues to expand its permanent collection, which currently comprises some 8,500 works held in four collections.

Marubi National Museum of Photography, Shkodër, Albania
Design: casanova+hernandez architecten
Marubi National Museum of Photography in Shkodër
photograph : Christian Richters

Marubi National Museum of Photography Building in Shkodër – 17 Jul 2016
The new building and its museographic project open a new generation of contemporary museums in Albania, which not only aims to restore and protect the Albanian cultural heritage.

Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland – 8 Oct 2013
Design: Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in Poland
photo : Juha Salminent

The origins of the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews go back to the mid-1990s, when the founding director of Tel Aviv’s Diaspora Museum and the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, Yeshayahu Weinberg, convened an international working group to plan a new museum dedicated to the history of the Polish Jews.

Pingtan Art Museum, China – 15 Jul 2013
Design: MAD architects
Pingtan Art Museum Building
image from architect

Pingtan is the largest island in the Fujian province. It is expected to become the primary location for trade and cultural communication between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland in the foreseeable future.

Sorø Art Museum, Sjælland, east Denmark
Design: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Sorø Kunstmuseum Building
photo : Jens Lindhe

Sorø Kunstmuseum – 14 Jun 2013

Yad Va’Shem Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem, Israel – new photos
Design: Safdie Architects
Yad Va'Shem Holocaust Museum Building
photograph © Adrian Welch

Yad Va’Shem Holocaust Museum – 13 May 2013
The rebuilding of this museum includes a new visitors’ center, a new history museum replacing the existing museum constructed in 1953, a Hall of Names, a synagogue, galleries for Holocaust art, an exhibitions pavilion and a learning and visual center. The program quadruples the permanent exhibition space.

Museum of Handcraft Paper, Gaoligong, China
Design: Trace Architecture Office
Museum of Handcraft Paper China
photo : AKAA

Museum of Handcraft Paper – 1 May 2013
The museum building is located close to a village at the foot of Gaoligong Mountain, in the province of Yunnan, an area of significant Muslim presence. It provides exhibition space for ancient paper craft and artefacts produced locally.

Design Museum Holon, Tel Aviv, Israel – review + photos by e-architect editor Adrian Welch
Design: Ron Arad
Design Museum Holon
image © DMH

Design Museum Holon – 13 May 2013
The building shows exhibitions about Israeli design, and on our visit was showing bathing suits and related designs. The structure is located on the edge of the traditional city centre, in a cultural quarter which is yet to complete. The building appears as an organic form, but within it is essentially formed by a large upper and a small lower gallery, both rectilinear. As a group we discussed the anomaly of billowing coloured swirls outside and the restrained white spaces within. The spaces might allow curatorial flexibility but the fact that their perimeter wasn’t reflected externally concerned us architect visitors as we have all been taught that form should be ‘honest’ and reflect the form of the space held within.

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Design: various architects
Israel Museum Building
photo : Cecilia Koren

Israel Museum – 13 May 2013
The Israel Museum opened in 1965, in a Modernist complex nestled on the Judean Hills near The Knesset – the national parliament building – and the Hebrew University. Since that time, it has become the most eminent cultural institution in the region and one of the leading art and archaeology museums in the world, with collections growing exponentially over the past four decades. Now 45 years later, the museum has reopened after a $100 million expansion and renovation.

UC Davis Art Museum, California, USA
Design: SO – IL
UC Davis Art Museum Sacramento
image from architect

UC Davis Art Museum – 2 May 2013
The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, will be created by a team intent on redefining the university museum and fostering a new conversation in the arts.

National Maritime Museum Tianjin, north east China
Design: HAO + AI
National Maritime Museum China
image from architect

National Maritime Museum Tianjin – 19 Apr 2013
The proposal for the new National Maritime Museum is situated in Northern China, outside the city of Tianjin. The museum is designed to house both new and old maritime items with a focus on celebrating the historical achievements of Chinese naval exploration through out time. HAO and AI, along with three other teams, have been invited to participate in the National Maritime Museum competition, situated outside the city of Tianjin in Northern China.

China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin, northern China
Design: MAD Architects
China Wood Sculpture Museum
photo : Iwan Baan

China Wood Sculpture Museum Building – 10 Apr 2013
MAD Architects unveiled the completed China Wood Sculpture Museum located in Harbin, China. The 200-meter long building, sheathed in metal, sits nestled in a densely residential area, adding a cultural and surreal essence to the surrounding urban context. Appearing so evident amidst a thriving metropolitan district of Harbin, the China Wood Sculpture Museum sits as a locational anomaly, seemingly out of place, surrounded by a densely populated Chinese-style neighborhood and residential complexes.

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum, Førde, Norway
C. F. Møller
Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum Building
picture : Oddleiv Apneseth

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum – 19 Sep 2012
The small Norwegian town of Førde draws its qualities from its interaction with the surrounding mountains, which are visible everywhere, and from Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European mainland, which lies in close proximity to the town. The town’s new museum, Sogn & Fjordane Kunstmuseum also draws upon the distinctive landscape for its architectural expression: the museum building lies like a crystal-clear block of ice that has slid down from the surrounding mountains.

Žanis Lipke Memorial Museum, Latvia
Design: ZAIGAS GAILES BIROJS
Žanis Lipke Memorial Museum Latvia Building
picture : Ansis Starks

Žanis Lipke Memorial Museum – 13 Aug 2012
During the occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany (1941–1945) more than 60 000 Jews were murdered in concentration camps. Despite some odious figures of Latvian antisemites, other Latvians stood against the Nazi antisemitic policies and tried to save local Jews from execution. The most prominent Latvian saviors of Jews were Mr. Žanis and Mrs. Johanna Lipke – a poor working class couple who hid away more than 50 Jews that Žanis had managed to cheat out of the Riga Ghetto.

Samaranch Memorial Museum, Tianjin, China
Architect: HAO – Holm Architecture Office
Samaranch Memorial Museum Tianjin
image from architects

Samaranch Memorial Museum Building – 13 Aug 2012
The HAO / Holm Architecture Office + Archiland Beijing design for the Samaranch Memorial Museum in Tianjin, China is under construction. After adjusting the design of the competition scheme, the building construction is well under way. The museum building is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

Maritime Xperiential Museum, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Michael Graves & Associates
Maritime Xperiential Museum
photo Courtesy of Michael Graves Associates

Maritime Xperiential Museum – 10 Jul 2012
International architects and designers, Michael Graves & Associates (MGA) announce the completion of the Maritime Xperiential Museum (MXM) at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) in Singapore. The project, lead by MGA Studio head Patrick Burke, marks another phase in RWS’s development. MGA completed Phase 1 in February of 2011, a $4 billion project, which included top-flight hotels, family entertainment, fine dining, and world-class gaming on 121 acres just across Keppel Harbor from downtown Singapore.

Recent Museum Building Designs

Easter Sculpture Museum, Albacete, Spain
Exit Architects
Easter Sculpture Museum Albacete Salburúa
photograph : Fernando Guerra

Easter Sculpture Museum – added 29 Apr 2012
This building project was the result of an ideas competition organized by the Hellín Municipality. The competition rules considered the refurbishment of the Casa del Conde as well as the construction of an extension on the plot area former occupied by some small service buildings of the house.

Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Brooks + Scarpa
CAM Raleigh
picture from architects

Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh – 1 Oct 2011
The Depot District contains Raleigh’s only significant collection of buildings related to the heyday of railroad transportation and shipping in the Capital City. By recycling this important building, CAM preserves an important part of Raleigh’s history and demonstrates its commitment to sustainability and leadership in historic preservation.

Museo de al Memoria de Andalucía, Granada, southern Spain
Alberto Campo Baeza
Andalusia Museum of Memory
photo : Javier Callejas

Andalucía Museum of Memory

Museum Architecture – Major Buildings Selection

Museum Building Designs, alphabetical:

Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum, UAE
Jean Nouvel
Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum
image from architect

Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum
Ara Pacis Museum, Rome, Italy
Richard Meier Architects
Ara Pacis Museum
photograph © Adrian Welch

Ara Pacis Augustae
Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, Spain
Frank Gehry
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
image from architect

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Chengdu Museum, China
Sutherland Hussey
Chengdu Museum Building
image from architect

Chengdu Museum building
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, USA
Richard Meier & Partners
Getty Center Building
photo © Alice McRae

Getty Center Building
Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland
Zaha Hadid Architects
Glasgow Transport Museum Building
photo © Alice McRae

Glasgow Transport Museum Building
GRAM – Art Museum, USA
wHY architecture
GRAM
photo : Chris Barrett@Hedrich Blessing

GRAM Michigan
Imperial War Museum North, England
Daniel Libeskind Architects
Imperial War Museum building
photo © Adrian Welch

Imperial War Museum Manchester
Jeongok Prehistory Museum, Korea
X-TU
Jeongok Prehistory Museum South Korea
photo from architect

Jeongok Prehistory Museum
Jewish Museum building, Berlin, Germany
Daniel Libeskind, Architect
Jewish Museum Berlin
photograph © Bitter Bredt

Jewish Museum Berlin
Liangzhu Culture Museum, China
David Chipperfield Architects
Liangzhu Culture Museum Building
photo © Christian Richters

Liangzhu Culture Museum
Literaturmuseum der Moderne, Germany
David Chipperfield Architects
Museum of Modern Literature
photograph © Christian Richters

Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach
Mercedes-Benz Museum, Germany
UN Studio Architects
Mercedes-Benz Museum Building
photo : Christian Richters

Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart
Museo Soumaya, Mexico
FREE | Fernando Romero EnterprisE
Soumaya Museum
image from architect

Museo Soumaya
Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Germany
Architect: Richard Meier
Frankfurt museum Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Frankfurt Museum Building
Museum of Contemporary Art, China
Coop Himmelb(l)au
Museum of Contemporary Art Shenzhen
picture : SILKROAD Digital Technology Co. LTD

Museum of Contemporary Art Shenzhen
Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar
I M Pei
Museum of Islamic Art
photo Courtesy of the Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art Building
Museum of Modern Art – MoMA, NY, USA
Yoshio Taniguchi with KPF Architecture
MoMA New York
photo : Andrew McRae

MoMA New York + MoMA Extension
Nanjing Museum, China
Steven Holl Architects
Nanjing Museum Building
picture from architect

Nanjing Museum of Art & Architecture
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, USA
Steven Holl Architects
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
image : Andy Ryan

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Building Extension
Neues Museum Redevelopment, Germany
David Chipperfield Architects
Neues Museum Building
image : David Chipperfield Architects

Neues Museum Building, Berlin
New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
Bernard Tschumi Architect
Acropolis Museum Athens
image : Bernard Tschumi Architects

Acropolis Museum Athens
New Museum of Contemporary Art, USA
SANAA architects
New Museum of Contemporary Art
image from architects

New Museum of Contemporary Art, N.Y.
Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
Delugan Meissl
Porsche Museum
picture © Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Porsche Museum Building
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, US
Mario Botta / HOK
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
picture © Andrew McRae

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Smithsonian Museum – Courtyard, USA
Foster & Partners
Smithsonian Institute
picture : Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Smithsonian Institute Building

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