Visiting Exhibitions

The National Mall
May 25 – September 3

The National Mall is a landscape symbol of American Democracy.  It has gone through constant change, often neglect, but the Mall continues to serves us as a freely accessible landscape and a platform to shape political and social change.  This exhibition tells the history of the National Mall, explores its growth and challenges over time, asks us to consider the Mall’s future through innovation design solutions, and explores the past and future roles of the American Institute of Architects in preserving the National Mall.

This exhibition was made possible by the National Mall Coalition.

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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.