Celebrate International Museum Day With These Exceptional Museum Designs

Not all architects get the opportunity to design a museum. Between budget, scale and factors external to the field of architecture, designing a museum--and actually getting it built-- may mark the pinnacle of one's professional trajectory.

These public buildings provide an invaluable service to the communities in which they are located; from education to commemoration and (occasionally) the provision of public space, museums are "shining lights" in which architecture plays a fundamental role. 

To celebrate International Museum Day, we have compiled some of the most relevant and notable museum projects published on ArchDaily over the past year.

Site Museum of Paracas Culture / Barclay & Crousse

Imagem cortesia de Barclay & Crousse Imagem cortesia de Barclay & Crousse

Iberian Museum / J.L. López de Lemus, Harald Schönegger, Ignacio Laguillo & Luis Ybarra

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda

Moreira Salles Institute / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa / Heatherwick Studio

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Damião de Góis Museum and the Victims of the Inquisition / spaceworkers

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Kunsthalle Mannheim Building / gmp Architekten

© Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch

ICA Miami Museum / Aranguren&Gallegos Arquitectos

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Chongqing Tiandi Art Museum / Shenzhen Huahui Design

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia

Son Yang Won Memorial Museum / Lee Eunseok + KOMA

© Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon

The Palestinian Museum / heneghan peng architects

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Mercedes-Benz Museum / UNStudio

© Eva Bloem © Eva Bloem

Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehammer Cinema Expansion / Snøhetta

© Mark Syke © Mark Syke

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History / LEGORRETA

© Lourdes Legorreta © Lourdes Legorreta

Xie Zilong Photography Museum / Regional Studio

© Arch-Speaker - Li Yao © Arch-Speaker - Li Yao

Zhujiadian Brick Kiln Museum / Land-Based Rationalism D-R-C

    © Guangyuan Zhang © Guangyuan Zhang