The reinstallation of the Heard Museum’s permanent collection was a $7.6 million project that required the remodel and redesign of 21,000 square feet of interior and exterior exhibition spaces, including the integration of new technologies and interactive elements. The design team was charged with accommodating 2000 unique objects of different sizes and varying environmental requirements into the exhibition, as well as incorporating several interactive computer stations, while providing visitors with a feeling of openness and light.
“I’ve been closely involved in three major renovations [in over 35 years of personal involvement in museums] – at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; at the Yale Art Gallery; and at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center – and now I’ve been involved in four, at the Heard Museum. What you have created is spectacular. It’s creative, it’s culturally sensitive (and tells me how well you listened to our Native advisors), it’s extremely tasteful (I heard that in spades from our VIP visitors), it shows off the collection beautifully, it has nice “interruptions”, it’s layered to meet different levels of interest, it’s confident and upbeat, it’s full of light and air…”
– Frank H. Goodyear, Jr., Director, Heard Museum