Museums and Cultural Centers USA

Several museums and cultural centers have seen increased visitation after expansions designed by renowned architects. Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center, for example, experienced an 85% increase in attendance during the four-year period following the opening of the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center, designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Zaha Hadid.

“It’s a key strategy for a growing number of museums: promoting ‘architourism,’ or drawing visitors with new buildings or wings by star architects.”

Museums and Cultural Centers USA Photo Gallery

The Wall Street Journal

The following are museums and performing arts centers designed by renowned contemporary architects:

Museums Architect

Art of the Americas Wing, Museum of Fine Arts

(Boston, MA): Norman Foster

Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA): Steven Holl

Broad Art Museum (Michigan State

University; Ann Arbor, MI): Zaha Hadid

Broad Museum (Los Angeles, CA): Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Burke Brise Soleil addition to the Milwaukee

Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI): Santiago Calatrava

California Aerospace Museum (Los Angeles, CA): Frank Gehry

California Museum of Science and Industry

(Los Angeles, CA): Frank Gehry

Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA): Daniel Libeskind

Children’s Museum of Houston (Houston, TX): Robert Venturi

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

(Bentonville, AR): Moshe Safdie

Des Moines Art Center Modern Art Wing

(Des Moines, IA): Richard Meier

Experience Music Project (Seattle, WA): Frank O. Gehry

Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Fort Wayne, IN): Skidmore Owings & Merrill

Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Denver Art

Museum (Denver, CO): Daniel Libeskind

Frederick Weisman Museum of Art (University

of Minnesota; Minneapolis, MN): Frank Gehry

George Bush Presidential Library

(College Station, TX): HOK

Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA): Richard Meier

Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA): Renzo Piano

High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA): Robert Meier

High Museum of Art addition (Atlanta, GA): Renzo Piano

Jepson Center for the Arts at the Telfair

Museum of Art (Savannah, GA): Moshe Safdie

Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE): Norman Foster

Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, TX) Renzo Piano

Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center at the

Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH): Zaha Hadid

M. H. de Young Memorial Museum

(San Francisco, CA): Herzog & de Meuron

Menil Collection (Houston, TX): Renzo Piano

Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL): Josef Paul Kleihues

National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC): HOK

National Gallery of Art, East Building (Washington, DC):

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO): New Museum on the Bowery (New York, Ny): Paley Center for Media (Beverly Hills, CA):

Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill, NY):

Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum (Florida International University; Miami, FL):

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (Miami, FL):

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA):

Perez Art Museum Miami (Miami, FL)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH):

Rose Center for Earth and Space (New York, NY):

Salvador Dali Museum (St. Petersburg, FL):

St. Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, MO):

Performing Arts Centers

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, FL)

Cathedral Cultural Center (Garden Grove, CA): DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (University of Notre Dame; South Bend, IN):

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Kansas City, MO):

Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL): Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Pittsburgh, PA):

New World Center (Miami, FL):

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts (Bard College; Annandale-on-Hudson, NY):

Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA):

Valley Performing Arts Center (California State University Northridge; Northridge, CA):

Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA):

I.M. Pei Steven Holl SANAA Richard Meier Herzog & de Meuron


Grimshaw Architects Moshe Safdie Herzog & de Meuron.

I.M. Pei

Polsher Partnership Architects HOK

David Chipperfield Architects


Cesar Pelli Richard Meier

Pfeiffer Partners

Moshe Safdie

Herbert S. Newman

Raphael Vinoly Frank O. Gehry

Frank Gehry Moshe Safdie

HGA Architects Frank Gehry

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