Visiting Exhibitions

Join us for our current exhibition, “Carlton Abbott: 50 Years of Architectural Drawings.” This exhibition displays a remarkable collection of drawings created over Carlton Abbott’s career, celebrating over fifty-years of artistic expression and excellence. Abbott’s career began after he graduated from the University of Virginia and finished his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Fontainebleau, France. After this, Abbott went on to become an artist and architect. Though primarily known for his landmark museums and high-profile structures, Abbott is an accomplished artist. Carlton received his first of over eighty design award recognition from the American Institute of Architects in 1968. His artistic talents are as widely renowned as his architecture and are displayed throughout the country in private and public collections as well as in permanent collections at the VMFA and the Virginia MOCA. His artwork is as diversified as his architecture, including drawings, paintings, collages, mixed media, sculptures, etchings, ink sketches, jewelry, and metal works.

This exhibit spans his entire career and celebrates his unique ability to affect his community in a profound way. More specifically, this exhibition holds a notable series of drawings which depict some of the buildings along the Blue Ridge Parkway. These images hold precedence due to Abbott’s father, Stanley Abbott, being the primary designer of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This exhibition was generously made possible by Carlton Abbott.

Questions? Contact Lesley Boggs, Guest Services Coordinator (804) 644-3041 ext. 151,

 On Permanent Exhibit

The House That Branch Built

located in the chapel gallery

Architect John Russell Pope, FAIA, is renowned for the design of a number of national landmarks, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art (West Building) in Washington, D.C., as well as Richmond’s Union Station, headquarters of the Science Museum of Virginia. The House That Pope Built includes photographs, narrative, and other educational media that shed light on the house — a 27,000-square-foot Tudor-Revival mansion — in addition to John Kerr Branch, the patron who commissioned its construction; the architect; the house’s interiors; its setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue; and Compton Wynyates, the 15th/16th-century English country house that inspired the building’s design.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design thanks a private Richmond foundation and Tourism Cares for their generous support of this exhibition.

Livable Communities for Virginia

located on the lower level
What makes a community “livable?” Explore the American Institute of Architects’ 10 Principals for Livable Communities and find out how they apply to the diverse cities, towns, and villages in the Commonwealth of Virginia.