Museum Architecture isn’t Always What You Think it is.

 

Museums are full of beautiful and precious things–which is what you’d hope, because that’s pretty much their job. With all of these beautiful things that museums hold, you probably expect that you’ll have to go into one to get anything from the experience. Well you expected WRONG. The mental image most people get when they think of an art museum is something like a big, marble building with soaring columns, a hundred steps, and giant doors that would fit in just as well on a Gothic cathedral. Sure, a lot of museum architecture fits that description (e.g. the Met and the Philadelphia Museum of Art), but those are mostly the older ones. Plenty of museums have gone up in the last few decades  that have a completely different style and I think they will light a match to that mental picture you have of the stuffy art institution. Without further ado, here’s my short list of museum architecture you must see in your lifetime–I would be thrilled if you went in, too, but I won’t push it.

 

Museum Architecture You Must See

 

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

10. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1959).

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

9. The Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL. Designed by HOK Architects (2011).

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

8. The National Museum of Art, Osaka. Designed by Cesar Pelli (2004).

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

7. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Designed by Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and Gianfranco Franchini (1977).

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

6. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Designed by Daniel Libeskind (2007).

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

5. Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp. Designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects (2011).

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

4. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. Designed by Frank Gehry (1997).

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

3. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA. Designed by Diller Scofido + Renfro Architects (2006).

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

2. Hamilton building at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. Designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind and Davis Partnership Architects (2006).

10 Art Museums with Mind Blowing Architecture You Must See

1. Hanoi Museum, Hanoi. Designed by gmp Architekten Architects (2010).

So that’s my top-ten list of museum architecture; is your mind blown yet? Or did I leave out something you love? Sound off in the comments. Go ahead, tell me I’m a moron for not including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (Personally, I don’t think it’s the coolest-looking museum in New York, so shoot me).

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  1. Alison D. Gilbert

    The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain by Frank Gehry is my recent all time favorite. I guess the FLW Guggenheim in NYC would be next. You covered them well in my opinion. By the way, I like that Salvador Dali one too. Now, only if the Watts Towers were considered a museum!

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      • Alison D. Gilbert

        I have to thank you because I am passionate about design, architecture being at the top of the list. I actually went to U of Southern California School of Architecture before Gehry taught there.

        I did meet him in NYC at the Max Protetch Gallery on 57th Street when he was designing corrugated cardboard furniture. Then I went to Bard College but some years before his controversial performing arts center. At least our paths crossed once.

        I still think the Watts Towers, which I did visit in 1967, was the most fantastic and fanciful construction I had ever seen. Given that Simon ‘Sam’ Rodia had no formal training in architecture or engineering, they are ingenious.

        Thank you so much for your topic and the images. I hope you can feature the Watts Towers and ‘Sam’ Rodia some time.

      • Artsnapper

        Allison,

        Architecture is definitely something that not only changes the landscape of a city but sometimes can be functional.

        That is amazing that you have cross paths with these amazing artists.

        We will def consider writing about the Watts Towers.

        Thank you very much for your comments and for being part of our community.

        :)

      • Alison D. Gilbert

        I have another great architecture story for you. The Greene Brothers, two famous Southern California architects (originally from Ohio) were champions of the arts & crafts movement. They were commissioned to design the magnificent Gamble House for Gamble of ‘Proctor and Gamble’. The home is in mint condition and is owned by the Pasadena Historical Society.

        Each year, two fifth year architecture students from USC get to live there. On a visit to LA in 1970, I was escorted by a colleague to dine there with two of our fellow students. It was magnificent, a once in a lifetime experience. More stories to come.

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