Cleveland Museum of Natural History Expansion

  • Client

    • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Project Type

  • Area

    • 246,000 ft²

Design Achievement – Situated prominently within Cleveland’s cultural district, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a pillar of science, education, research, conservation, and community engagement. Supporting the museum’s multiphase Centennial Transformation project, DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky’s design of several phases of renovation and an addition will enhance exhibit, educational, and gathering spaces. New, renovated, and reorganized exhibit spaces expand programming and improve visitor circulation with connections to the exterior and to nature. The design re-imagines the presentation of the museum’s world-renowned collections and research labs by relocating these previously behind-the-scenes spaces alongside exhibits giving visitors a glimpse into the inner workings of the museum and providing new opportunities for learning. Inspired by the museum’s commitment to sustainability and its relationship with surrounding bodies of water, the design's alluvial shapes create a single and continuous form that ties together current and previous additions. Furthermore, the design consolidates two remote entries into a new grand visitors hall. A new cafe expansion increases the Museum’s prominence on Wade Oval – a park that serves as the front door for a number of Cleveland's prominent cultural institutions. 

Scope Summary – This multi-phased project builds upon more than 50 years of the firm’s design work for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The ‘Gateway’ phase, which has been planned to coincide with the museum’s centennial celebrations, renovates the auditorium and courtyard and adds a new Current Science gallery and central utility plant. Two additional phases include a two-story, 46,000-SF addition and renovations to the 200,000-SF existing facility. The addition includes interactive science studios, prep labs, visitors hall with adjacent museum gift shop, a lobby, and, a café. Among the renovations are upgrades to collections and exhibit areas; research spaces; offices and classrooms; reorganization of all public galleries on the main level; and consolidation of all collection storage. DLR Group|WRL is providing architecture, interiors, MEP and structural engineering, lighting, and technology design services.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Expansion

Cleveland Museum of Natural History