Virginia Museum of History & Culture Capital Improvements
Virginia Museum of History & Culture,
OVER THE LAST thirty years, Glavé & Holmes Architecture has engaged in a partnership with the Virginia Museum of History Culture (VMHC) to expand, envision and elevate nearly the entire 200,000 sf facility which houses nearly nine million objects of Virginia history. Since 1990, G&H has completed four major expansion projects (1991, 2001, 2006, 2013, and 2022). Over this time, work has included renovation of the original historic building, known as the Battle Abbey (1913), as well as five subsequent expansions. G&H’s work has provided new galleries, a research library, a theater, public meeting spaces, and the design for extensive collections storage areas within the facility. Our most recent work includes renovation of the library, the expansion of the main public hall, a new gift shop, café and meeting rooms, updated staff office space and extensive gallery upgrades. The exterior grounds have also been extensively updated over the last two campaigns.
The renovations and expansions have corresponded with the museum’s evolution from what was once more of a research institution with limited public visitation to a site that now has become the public center to tell the complex stories of Virginia history. G&H has worked with multiple generations of the organizational administrations to plan and respond to changing museum needs and trends that have driven their evolution as a public museum. The renovations in 2022 were the most comprehensive to the public areas, aimed at re-establishing cohesion across the museum, expanding multi-purpose spaces, brightening the lobby and providing a more compelling overall visitor experience.