Virginia Museum of History & Culture


Richmond, VA




65,000 SF


Virginia Museum of History & Culture


Glavé and Holmes


© Virginia Hamrick

The recent renovation of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) focused on enhancing visitor experience through a variety of new features and facilities, including an advanced lighting design to showcase the museum’s expanded exhibition spaces and new amenities. The $30 million project increased the museum’s exhibition space by 50%, added a new orientation theater, events terrace, and café, all designed with modern lighting solutions that highlight the architectural beauty and the displayed artifacts effectively.

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the atmosphere within the museum, making it essential for creating engaging and immersive exhibits. The renovation introduced state-of-the-art lighting systems that not only enhance the visual appeal of the exhibits but also conserve energy. The design incorporates LED lighting throughout, which offers both improved illumination and energy efficiency. This is particularly evident in the grand two-story entrance atrium and the immersive orientation theater, where lighting is used to create a welcoming and educational environment​.

Moreover, the renovation included thoughtful exterior lighting enhancements that complement the museum’s new pedestrian-friendly green spaces. These outdoor areas are designed to host various public events and gatherings, requiring versatile lighting solutions that can adapt to different occasions and times of day. The integration of advanced lighting technologies ensures that the museum’s façade and newly configured landscapes are both beautifully illuminated and functional, enhancing the overall aesthetic and utility of the museum’s expanded campus​

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