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Sioux City Public Museum

In 2004, the Sioux City Public Museum was in the process of exploring available sites for expanding its exhibitions and programming 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 charge given to BVH Architecture was to create a dynamic, engaging facility that reflects Siouxland’s significant historical place at the crossroads of cultures and commerce. The  repurposed building and progressive design solution presents an innovative museum environment with exciting exhibitions and programs that make it a must-see destination.

BVH created an engaging main entrance that leads to 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, enlivening the downtown. 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

Location

Sioux City, IA

Year Completed

2011

Owner

Sioux City Public Museum

Size

55,000 sq. ft.

BVH Team