Sioux City Public Museum

In 2004, the Sioux City Public Museum was in the process of exploring available sites when the relocation of a JC Penney store opened up a large building space in the heart of downtown Sioux City. After gathering community input, the city of Sioux City took possession of the building in 2006 for use as the museum’s new site.

The broad vision was to create a dynamic, engaging new facility that better reflects Siouxland’s significant historical place at the crossroads of cultures and commerce. The museum presents innovative and exciting exhibitions and programs that make it a must-see destination.

The main entrance leads into a large two-story atrium in the southwest corner. Most of the south wall features a glass exterior through which artifacts and activities can be seen from outside. With a re-landscaped corner plaza, this dramatic façade welcomes visitors to a large modern museum. At more than 55,000 square feet, the museum houses permanent and rotating exhibits, a large gallery, theatre, archives/research center, collections area, flexible classroom space, conference rooms, gift shop and offices.

Photography by Tom Kessler


Sioux City, IA

Year Completed



Sioux City Public Museum


55,000 sq. ft.

BVH Team