American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Yorktown, Virginia    map
Status: Plan

The mission of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is to present the history of the American Revolution; this new museum replaces three brick structures with a new structure that is organized principally on one (ground) floor with a partial lower level of support spaces and a partial mezzanine level.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is comprised of building and site interpretive areas on a site designed to support the visitor experience. Major program elements include two galleries for permanent and changing exhibits (shell space), curatorial support including a library, a 200-seat theatre that opens to the 2-story lobby, education wing with its own group entry and five flexible classrooms with support, marketing and retail operations including a gift shop with support and limited food service, interpretive services including costume shop and dressing rooms, administrative area with offices and conference room, visitor services, facilities work areas, loading docks, infrastructure and circulation.

The new museum is located to avoid disturbance to the existing museum structures and outdoor interpretive areas in order to maintain existing museum operations during construction. The topography of the site and the relationship to the York River also influence the massing and blocking and stacking of the program. The layout of the ceremonial plaza, car and bus circulation, event lawn, interpretive areas and other site areas respond to program requirements and other site constraints such as existing wetlands, the Resource Protection area, and Naval Base blast zone at the west side of the property.

The design approach for the proposed Yorktown Victory Center evokes traditional, regional 18th century architecture and relates the museum specifically to its architectural context in Yorktown, and generally to the broader region of Virginia. This project is LEED NC-Silver anticipated.