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post updated 16 March 2024

Museum building designs

New Museum Designs

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Museum Designs. e-architect cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

We have 6 pages of Museum Buildings selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages.

Museum Buildings : news + key projects

Museum Architecture : A-F

Contemporary Museum Buildings : G-L

Museum Building Designs : M

Museum Designs : N-R (this page)

Museum Architecture Designs : S-Z

Contemporary Museum Designs

Museum Building Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Nanjing Museum of Art & Architecture, China
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Nanjing Museum Design
picture from architect
Nanjing Museum Design
The new museum is sited at the gateway to the Contemporary International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in the lush green landscape of the Pearl Spring near Nanjing, China. The museum design explores the shifting viewpoints, layers of space, and expanses of mist and water, which characterize the deep alternating spatial mysteries of early Chinese painting. The museum design is formed by a “field” of parallel perspective spaces and garden walls in black bamboo-formed concrete over which a light “figure” hovers.

National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington DC, USA
Design: Freelon Adjaye Bond Smith Group
National Museum of African American History and Culture
image courtesy Freelon Adjaye Bond Smith Group
African American Museum : Designs
The architect’s approach has been to establish both a meaningful relationship to the unique site as well as a strong conceptual resonance with America’s deep and longstanding African heritage. Situated on the Washington Monument grounds the museum design maintains a subtle profile in the landscape – more than half is below ground – with five storeys above.

Museum Building Design Projects, alphabetical:

The Nam June Paik, Yongin, South Korea
Design: Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture
Nam June Paik architecture
image from architect
Nam June Paik Museum

National Maritime Museum, west London, southeast England, UK
Design: C. F. Møller Architects
National Maritime Museum Extension
photo © National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum London

Natural History Museum, west London, England, UK
Design: Alfred Waterhouse Architect
Natural History Museum
photo © Adrian Welch
Natural History Museum London

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
image : Andy Ryan
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Extension

Nerman Contemporary Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA
Design: Kyu Sung Woo Architects
Nerman Museum Building
picture © Timothy Hursley
Nerman Contemporary Art Museum

Neues Museum Redevelopment, Berlin, Germany
Design: David Chipperfield Architects
Neues Museum Building
image : David Chipperfield Architects
Neues Museum Building, Berlin

Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada, USA
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Nevada Museum of Art
photo from architect
American Museum Building

New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
Design: Bernard Tschumi Architect
Acropolis Museum Athens
image : Bernard Tschumi Architects
Acropolis Museum Athens

Ordrupgaard Art Museum – Wing, Copenhagen, Denmark
Zaha Hadid Architects
Ordrupgaard Art Museum
image © Adrian Welch
Ordrupgaard Copenhagen

Palau de Mar, Barcelona, Catalunya, north east Spain
Rogent, Architect
Palau de Mar Barcelona
photo © Adrian Welch
Catalan History Museum Building

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY, USA
SANAA architects
New Museum of Contemporary Art
image from SANAA
New Museum of Contemporary Art, N.Y.

Newseum, Washington DC, USA
Polshek Partnership with Ralph Appelbaum
photograph : Eric Taylor ©
Newseum Washington DC Building

New Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
BIG + Rojkind Arquitectos
New Tamayo Museum
picture : Glessner Group
New Tamayo Museum

Nuragic Art Museum, Cagliari, Sardinia
Zaha Hadid Architects
Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum
image from architect
Nuragic Museum, Cagliari

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
Henning Larsen Architects
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
image © Adrian Welch
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

PermMuseumXXI competition, Perm, Ural Mountains, Russia

Perm architecture
image from architect
Perm Museum Competition Design

Petter Dass Museum, Norway
Snøhetta Architects
Petter Dass Museum
photo from architect
Petter Dass Museum Building

Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, south west Germany
Delugan Meissl
Porsche Museum
picture © Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Porsche Museum Stuttgart Building

Qixing District Museum Design, China
de Architekten Cie.
Qixing District Architecture
image from architect
Qixing District Urban Planning Museum

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne, north west Germany
Atelier Brückner
Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Cologne
photo : Michael Jungblut, Berlin

Renaissance ROM Extension, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Studio Libeskind
Renaissance ROM Extension Ontario
image from architect
Royal Ontario Museum Building

Rodin Museum, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Brasil Arquitetura
Rodin Museum Building
photograph : Nelson Kon
Rodin Museum Building

More Museum Designs online soon

Museum Architecture – No Images

Museum Design Projects – no links, alphabetical:

Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Kisho Kurokawa

National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Ashton Raggatt McDougall Architects

National Museum of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Saarinen, Gesellius, & Lindgren

National Palace Museum, Taiwan

Antoine Predock Architect

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Nestlé Chocolate Museum, Toluca, Mexico City
Rojkind Arquitectos

Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum, St. Pölten, Austria
Hans Hollein Architects

Norwegian Glacier Museum, Norway
Sverre Fehn

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Gehry Partners

Oporto Museum of Modern Art, Oporto, Portugal
Alvaro Siza Architects

Prado Museum Extension, Madrid, Spain
Rafael Moneo Architects

The Queens Museum expansion, New York, USA
Grimshaw with Ammann & Whitney

Red Location Museum of the People’s Struggle, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Noero Wolff Architects

More Museum Design Projects online soon

English Museum Buildings

Peace Peres House, Jaffa, Israel
Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas Architects
Peace Peres House Jaffa
image : Archivio Fuksas
Peace Peres House Jaffa

Jewish Museum Copenhagen

Guggenheim Museum New York

Porsche Museum

Comments / photos for the Contemporary Museum Design page welcome