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Museum Architecture – Building Designs

Major Architectural Projects from around the world – built environment info and images

post updated 31 August 2021

Museum building designs

Museum Buildings

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Museum Architecture. We cover completed buildings and new building designs across the world.

We have 6 pages of Museum Buildings selections.

Museum Buildings : news + key projects

Museum Architecture : A-F (this page)

Contemporary Museum Buildings : G-L

Museum Building Designs : M

Museum Designs : N-R

Museum Architecture Designs : S-Z

Museum Architecture Designs

Museum Buildings – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

3 Dec 2007
Chengdu Museum, China
Design: Sutherland Hussey Architects
Museum Architecture
image from architect
Chengdu Museum building
The New City Museum will be the most important cultural building in Chengdu and needs to assert itself on the Tian Fu Square against a backdrop of ever-increasing commercial development. As part of our overall masterplan for the square we propose an agreed datum corresponding to the adjacent Mayor’s building be established for three sides of the square, whilst along the southern edge, commercial developments are allowed to go significantly higher.

6 Jan 2009
Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum, UAE
Design: Jean Nouvel
Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum
image from architect
Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum
This building is due to become one of the world’ hottest cultural landmarks: the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island. This universal museum, which started on site in May 2009 is due to be completed in 2013. A key design element of the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be its great dome, 180 metres (almost 600 feet) in diameter, floating above a cluster of buildings and waterways. Perforated by interlaced patterns, the dome will let a diffused light filter magically into the spaces below.

29 Jan 2009
Chichester Regional Museum, England, UK
Design: Keith Williams Architects
Chichester Museum
image from architect
Chichester District Museum
Chichester District Council’s ambition for the project centred on the replacement of its existing museum then located in a small 18th Century building, with a much larger building that would more effectively display the breadth of its collection, whilst providing full access to all.

Museum Architecture Designs, alphabetical:

Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany
Design: Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Altes Museum Building
photo © isabelle lomholt
Altes Museum Berlin

American Air Museum, Duxford, England, UK
Design: Foster + Partners
American Air Museum Cambridge
photo : Nigel Young_Foster Partners
American Air Museum

Anne Frank House Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Design: Benthem Crouwel
Anne Frank House
picture © Adrian Welch
Anne Frank museum Building Extension

Ara Pacis Museum, Rome, Italy
Design: Richard Meier Architects
Ara Pacis Rome Building
photograph © Adrian Welch
Ara Pacis Augustae

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England, UK
Design: Rick Mather Architects
Ashmolean Museum Building
image from architect
Ashmolean Museum extension

Augustinermuseum, Freiburg, Germany
Design: Prof. Christoph Mäckler Architekten
image © Christian Richters

Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, Spain
Design: Frank Gehry Architect
Guggenheim Bilbao
image from architect
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Bread Museum, Brazil
Design: Brasil Arquitetura
Bread Museum Building
photograph : Nelson Kon
Bread Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, USA
Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects
Brooklyn Childrens Museum Building
image from architects
Brooklyn Childrens Museum, New York

Burrell Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
Design: Barry Gasson with Brit Andresen Architect
Burrell Collection Building
picture © Adrian Welch
Burrell Museum Building

Catalonia National Art Museum, Catalunya, north east Spain
Design: Enric Català & Pedro Cendoya
Palau Nacional
photo © Adrian Welch
Catalonia National Art Museum, Barcelona

Charleroi Photography Museum, Belgium
Design: l’Escaut Architecture
Charleroi Museum
photo : Gilbert Fastenaekens
Charleroi Museum Extension

Chichu Art Museum, Japan
Architect: Tadao Ando
Chichu Art Museum
photograph : FUJITSUKA Mitsumasa
Chichu Art Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum, S.F., USA
Design: Studio Libeskind
Contemporary Jewish Museum
photograph © Andrew McRae
Jewish Museum San Francisco

Darwin Centre Phase 2, London, UK
Design: C. F. Møller Architects
Darwin Centre London
photograph : Torben Eskerod
Darwin Centre Building

Design Museum, London, UK
Design: Conran Roche
Design Museum Building
photo © Adrian Welch
Shad Thames Buildings

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
Design: George Basevi
Fitzwilliam Museum Building
picture © Adrian Welch
Fitzwilliam Museum Building

Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
Design: David Chipperfield Architects
Folkwang Museum building
image from architect
German museum building

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Museum Architectural Designs – No Images

Building Designs, alphabetical:

21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, japan
Date built: 2007
Tadao Ando Architect & Associates

Abteiburg Museum, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Date built: 1982
Hans Hollein Architects

Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria

Hans Hollein Architects

Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Date built: 1995
Søren Robert Lund, Architect

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Extension to Harvard University Fogg Museum, Massachusetts, USA
Date built: 1984
JSMWA with Perry Dean Rogers and Partners

The Atheneum, at New Harmony, Indiana, USA
Date built: 1979
Richard Meier Architects

Aust Agder museum, Arendal, Norway
Dates built: 2007-10
David Chipperfield Architects with div.A arkitekter as

Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil

Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Burns Museum, Scotland

Burns Museum

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Canada

Antoine Predock

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Canada
Date built: 2006
Moriyama and Teshima / Griffiths Rankin Cook

Chinese National Museum, Beijing, China
Date built: 2004
Gerkan, Marg & Partners (gmp)

Danish Maritime Museum, Denmark
BIG Group – Bjarkes Ingels Group
Danish Maritime Museum
image from architect

Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Danish Jewish Museum

de Young Museum, San Francisco, California, USA
Herzog & de Meuron Architects

Denver Art Museum – Extension, Denver, USA
Studio Libeskind

Felix Nussbaum Museum, Osnabrück, Germany

Daniel Libeskind Architect

Fuefukigawa Museum of Fruit, Yamanashi, Japan
Itsuko Hasegawa

Fukui City Museum of Art, Fukui, Japan
Kisho Kurokawa

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Katsuyama, Japan
Kisho Kurokawa

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Architectural Designs

English Museum Buildings
English Museum Architecture
image : Daniel Hopkinson

Art Gallery Architecture

London Museum Buildings
New Museum Building London
photo : Richard Davies

Arts Centre Buildings

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