National Medal of Honor Museum

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, 2020 / United States / Cultural

The National Medal of Honor Museum is a new museum dedicated to the story of the National Medal of Honor -- the nation’s highest military award for valor in combat. Alluding to the five-pointed star design of the medal itself, the museum is composed of five inclined volumes of gallery and exhibition spaces surrounding a dramatic daylit Great Hall.

The 90,000 square foot museum includes three different buildings: a pavilion housing the museum entrance and lobby, the exhibit space that will feature eight permanent and two special galleries, and a chapel for public and private events. Throughout the space, visitors have the opportunity to meet, interact with, and learn from Medal recipients through multimedia and interactive exhibits.

The Museum is located at Patriot's Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The aircraft carrier USS Yorktown is moored close by. The physical context of the museum is the adjacent battleship, the expanse of wetlands set in the tidal flow, and the island-like cluster of trees that occupy the site.

The Museum program is organized into two parts connected by a spanning multi level bridge: the first ‘landside’ building contains the museum entrance and lobby, a 240 seat auditorium, gift shop, administrative and curatorial offices, services, workshops and an archive. Across the bridge is a pentagonal shaped ‘island’ building holding the Great Hall and Exhibition spaces. A second bridge from the Museum connects to the chapel.

The design for the pavilion and museum building takes full advantage of the coastal setting with pedestrian pathways and bridges overlooking the marsh and grasslands.

A 140-seat chapel overlooking the sea is connected to the museum by a pedestrian bridge.

View of architectural concept model.

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Presentation of the National Medal of Honor Museum by its Foundation and Board members.