This case study will walk through the impact that acoustics had on the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Opened in the fall of 2016, NMAAHC had a number of spaces that required acoustical attention above and beyond the typical museum. This case study will lay out specific examples of NMAAHC’s acoustical design, the challenges that arose throughout the design process, and key takeaways that will help others designing a new museum or renovating an existing space.

Julie Fischer