Museum Design

The museum has evolved from a closed container for collections to a place where objects can be studied and enjoyed. The twenty-first century museum requires permeable public spaces that welcome visitors, arouse interest, and evoke a desire to engage.
Cooper Robertson's new and renovated museums support and enhance collections and their interpretation. They contribute to the cultural life of their communities, both as works of distinguished architecture and as expressions of each museum's mission. They are, in the end, museums that work.


Cooper Robertson designed a 163,700 square foot collection storage, study, and conservation center for the Museum of Modern Art that also served as the temporary museum for two years.

Designed in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the exterior and interior of the new 220,000 square foot Whitney Museum provide a flexible framework for the display of art.


Located at the base of the iconic Gateway Arch, the renovated and expanded 150,000 square foot museum will reveal an integrated contemporary and relevant narrative of the United States' westward expansion.

Cooper Robertson designed a new 140,000 square foot museum and visitors center on a 45-acre site that acts as a gateway between the present and the historic battle of Gettysburg.

Science & Natural History

The new 28,000 square foot Florence County Museum presents art, science, and history in a blended narrative. The new building has served as a catalyst for the economic revitalization of downtown Florence.

Material Culture

A proposed relocation of the Museum envisions the transformation of the historic 145,000 square foot Tweed Courthouse into a gateway for visitors to learn about New York City.

Collection Storage

Improvements to MoMA's offsite cold storage vaults ensure the preservation of the museum's distinguished collection of original historic nitrate and acetate films for future generations of visitors and scholars.

We designed new spaces that house more than 8,000 works from the Drawings collection, 14,430 titles from the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, and 40,000 works from the Department of Photography.