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geomorph Feb 11, 2011 2:29 AM

Museums - A Photo Thread
This thread is dedicated to photos of museum buildings, including art museums as well as history and culture and science and technology museums.

It is an additive thread so feel free to post your own photos or others found on the web! It will probably be appreciated if posts clearly label what and where the museum is. The number of photos of each building should probably be kept to the minimum that illustrate the project clearly in order to keep the thread lively and varied.

geomorph Feb 11, 2011 2:40 AM

A couple of contemporary art museums
Museum: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Bloch Building
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Architect: Steven Holl Architects
Completed: 2007

Museum: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Completed: 2006

All photos by geomorph

geomorph Feb 11, 2011 3:20 AM

A couple of Douglas Cardinal-designed history/cultural museums
Museum: Canadian Museum of Civilization
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Architect: Douglas Cardinal
Completed: 1989

Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Location: Washington, DC
Original Design Architect: Douglas Cardinal (completed by many others)
Completed: 2004

All photos by geomorph

rockyi Feb 11, 2011 4:07 AM

Museum: Figge Museum Of Art
Location: Davenport, Iowa
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects
Completed: 2005
Top two photos are mine.

geomorph Feb 11, 2011 4:15 AM

Several Libeskind projects
Museum: Royal Ontario Museum, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Architect: Daniel Libeskind
Completed: 2007

Museum: Denver Art Museum, Frederic C. Hamilton Building
Location: Denver, Colorado
Architect: Daniel Libeskind
Completed: 2006

Removed old images, see post #142 in this thread for this museum.

Museum: Contemporary Jewish Museum
Location: San Francisco, California
Architect: Daniel Libeskind (an addition and renovation of the 1907 Willis Polk-designed Jesse Street Power Substation)
Completed: 2008

Removed old images, see post #141 in this thread for this museum.

All photos by geomorph

geomorph Feb 11, 2011 5:38 AM

Some fun enigmatic trainwrecks
Museum: National Museum of Australia
Location: Canberra, ACT
Architect: Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan
Completed: 2001

Museum: Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Location: Seattle, Washington
Architect: Frank Gehry
Completed: 2000

Museum: Liberace Museum, Building Two
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Architect: Leo Daly Architects
Completed: 2002 (Closed in 2010)

Museum: American Visionary Art Museum
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Architect: ? (Incorporates an historic industrial building)
Completed: 1995

All photos by geomorph

geomorph Feb 12, 2011 1:07 AM

Corporate Showcases
Museum: Harley-Davidson Museum
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Architect: Pentagram Architects
Completed: 2008

Museum: World of Coca-Cola
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Architect: The Jerde Partnership
Completed: 2007

All photos by geomorph

geomorph Feb 12, 2011 1:40 AM

A couple of Herzog & de Meuron-designed art museums
Museum: Walker Art Center, Expansion
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Completed: 2005

Museum: de Young Museum
Location: San Francisco, California
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Completed: 2005

Removed old images, see post #161 in this thread for this museum.

All photos by geomorph

Flamesrule Feb 12, 2011 1:46 AM

Ohhh, I know a few nice museums, let me find some good pics.

geomorph Feb 12, 2011 8:00 PM

Visions in White
Museum: Milwaukee Art Museum, Quadracci Pavilion
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Completed: 2001

Museum: High Museum of Art (Original Building)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Architect: Richard Meier
Completed: 1983

Museum: High Museum of Art, Three Building Additions
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Architect: Renzo Piano
Completed: 2005

All photos by geomorph

Bedhead Feb 13, 2011 8:13 AM

Swindon museum:

You can tell it's a museum, because it has 'museum' written on it.
my pics

geomorph Feb 13, 2011 11:35 PM

Bedhead, I like how direct the signage is on that Swindon Museum!

geomorph Feb 16, 2011 12:56 AM

Museums housed in former 1960's-era World's Fair pavilions
Museum: Pacific Science Center
Location: Seattle, Washington
Architect: Minoru Yamasaki
Completed: 1962

Museum: Biosphere
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Architect: Richard Buckminster Fuller (geodesic structure), Eric Gauthier (interior building addition)
Completed: 1967 (geodesic structure), 1995 (interior building addition)

Museum: Institute of Texan Cultures
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Architect: Caudill, Rowlett and Scott
Completed: 1968

All photos by geomorph

pico44 Feb 16, 2011 1:07 AM

The addition to the Kansas City art museum makes my teeth melt. Many of the others are pretty bad.

geomorph Feb 16, 2011 1:40 AM

Some I. M. Pei-designed museums
Museum: National Gallery of Art, East Building
Location: Washington, D. C.
Architect: I. M. Pei
Completed: 1978

Museum: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Architect: I. M. Pei
Completed: 1979

Museum: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Architect: I. M. Pei
Completed: 1995

All photos by geomorph

Buckeye Native 001 Feb 16, 2011 5:50 PM

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Train station originally constructed in 1933, still a train station, museum portions opened in 1990, including:

Cincinnati History Museum
Museum of Natural History & Science
Robert D. Lindner Omnimax Theater
Cincinnati Historical Society Library
Duke Energy Children's Museum
Cincinnati Railroad Club


More info on the building's history.

glowrock Feb 16, 2011 6:13 PM

The Cincinnati Union Station museums are simply amazing! :yes: As for museums, someone's got to post some photos of the Getty Center in Los Angeles!

Aaron (Glowrock)

geomorph Feb 17, 2011 2:40 AM

Buckeye Native 001, thanks for the Cincinnati Union Station photos, I wish I had visited it when I was in the city, the closest I came to it was seeing it from a distance from the top of the Carew Tower!

glowrock, I have some Getty Museum photos but they are from 2001 and very poor small quality so I will leave it to someone else with better photos!

Buckeye Native 001 Feb 17, 2011 3:40 AM

No problem. The interior photo really doesn't do the place justice.

Many fond memories of school trips and whatnot at that building.

Jasoncw Feb 17, 2011 4:07 AM


Originally Posted by geomorph (Post 5162286)
Museum: High Museum of Art, Three Building Additions
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Architect: Renzo Piano
Completed: 2005

All photos by geomorph

I wonder how the newer building's construction and detailing will hold up over the years, but this building looks really solid.

It looks like the Yamasaki museum aged well, but I think the new signage is questionable. :)

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