National Medal of Honor Museum

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina,

Located at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on the eastern shore of Charleston Harbor, the museum's waterfront location is near the iconic Ravenel Bridge. The aircraft carrier USS Yorktown is moored just offshore. While the city of Charleston is across the harbor, the physical context of the museum is the site itself: the Yorktown, the expanse of wetlands and the clusters of trees. The gray-blue concrete structure will pair visually with the Yorktown. The museum will include three different buildings: a pavilion that will house the museum entrance and lobby, the exhibit space that will feature eight permanent and two special galleries, and a chapel for public and personal events. The exhibit space will be built on pylons, to rise 128 feet so it hovers above the trees and matches the aircraft carrier's height. It has been designed to project strength, with five galleries radiating out to form a pentagonal structure, rising upwards and clustering into a single star-like form. The exhibits, to be designed by Gallagher & Associates, will showcase the Medal's evolution, honoring and promoting the ideals and values associated with it: the spirit of courage, sacrifice, and dedication to community.

Project Type: Museum

Client: National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation

Size: 107000