• SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
  • SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
  • SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
  • SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
  • SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
  • SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
  • SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY MASTER PLAN

Washington, DC
SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN
SMITHSONIAN MASTER PLAN

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY MASTER PLAN

Designed by Walker Cain of McKim, Mead & White (later Steinmann, Cain, and White) and opened in 1964, the National Museum of American History welcomes more than 3.8 million visitors a year to the 750,000-square-foot building and 12-acre site on the National Mall. ABA’s Master Plan for the renewal and renovation of the building and landscape provides a long-term, phased plan to enhance visitor engagement and access to the museum’s collections, while addressing security, accessibility, sustainability, and resiliency.

The NMAH Master Plan integrates a thematically rich landscape with the museum to extend the visitor experience to the entire site. ABA’s Plan also transforms the workplace environment for more than 500 staff, creating a collaborative and vibrant setting for scholarship, conservation, and research. The Plan renews the museum’s Modernist building and site, strengthens connections to the city and the National Mall, and creates a setting for celebrating national treasures and exploring to American history.

Location: Washington, DC
Project Size: 750,000 SF

Project Team: Philip Chen FAIA, Ann Beha FAIA, Ed Rice AIA, Melissa Murphy AIA, Maria Tiliakos (ABA); Silman (Structural); GHD (Security); Altieri (MEP); OLIN (Landscape); Wiles Mensch Corporation (Civil); AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (Cost); EHT Traceries, Inc. (Cultural Landscape Report)