Visit These 10 Architecture Museums for Inspiration

Visit These 10 Architecture Museums for Inspiration

When designing a building or a park, finding the right inspiration can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve showcased 10 different design museums from across the world that not only provide inspiration, but also offer social commentary on the development of architecture throughout the years.


1) Museum of Finnish Architecture - Helsinki

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The Museum of Finnish Architecture has a permanent exhibition which allows visitors to explore Finnish architecture of the 20th century. There’s also the availability to see the role that National Romanticism, Classicism, Functionalism, and Modernism architecture had in Finland.


2) The German Museum of Architecture - Frankfurt, Germany

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The German Museum of Architecture provides visitors with information about the history of architecture in Germany through the permanent exhibition entitled “From Ancient Huts to Skyscrapers”.


3) Swiss Architecture Museum - Basel, Switzerland

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The Swiss Architecture Museum (SAM) hosts exhibitions and events that touch on international debates on architecture and urban development.


4) Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology - Lisbon, Portugal

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Lots of inspiration can be found at the MAAT as the museum offers examples of industrial architecture, modern design, and areas for critical thinking or discovery.


5) The Skyscraper Museum - New York, USA

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The Skyscraper Museum focuses on elements that are involved with high-rise buildings such as the construction sites, the investments to make them possible, the objects of design, and the cohesion of work and residence.



6) Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Paris, France

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The museum explores 1,000 years of the history of architecture. Exhibits include commentary on buildings, building materials, the history of french monuments, and more.


7) Canadian Centre for Architecture - Quebec, Canada

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The CCA offers inspiration in a unique way since it aims to educate visitors on the role of architecture in contemporary society. While visiting you can book an appointment to read scholarly articles, or you may browse the museum with exhibits featuring commentary on the influence of architecture and social formation.


8. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York City, USA

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While the museum’s exhibits focus predominately on art, the building has become a landmark work of 20th-century architecture with it’s design by Frank Lloyd Wright.


9. A+D Architecture and Design Museum -Los Angeles, CA, USA

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The A+D museum features exhibits and educational programs aiming to demonstrate the progressive architecture and design in Los Angeles.


10) National Building Museum - Washington, D.C., USA

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The National Building Museum offers insight on multiple aspects of the AEC industry. Visitors can anticipate learning about architecture, engineering, and design while browsing through the exhibits at this museum.


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