VPS Architecture teamed with RATIO Architects of Indianapolis, designers of the Indiana State Museum, to produce the design and documentation for this innovative project on the City of Evansville’s Riverfront. Adding over 10,000 square feet of floor space to the existing 55,000 square foot Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, the project features a high-tech immersive theater as well as a large new atrium entrance and gathering space.
Also featured in the updated facility are new displays, educational and learning spaces, a brand new museum store and additional offices for curators and staff. The old planetarium, on the museum’s third floor, was converted into a radial Board Room with an oculus overhead skylight.
The innovative design for the expanded museum was driven by the iconic shape of the new 360 degree immersive theater and planetarium, which is unique in the entire United States. Technological components for the immersive theater were imported from Europe and represent the latest in digital presentation and interactive media. The Evansville Museum expansion contributes to the ongoing revitalization of downtown Evansville and will represent another stunning piece for Evansville’s beautiful riverfront.