The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

The nation's first wax museum of African American history has embarked on a fundraising effort to design and construct a larger museum building on their existing site. The new museum landscape will reclaim the site and bring it back to life, providing a sense of immersion and discovery to support the museum’s mission of community engagement and promotion of cultural awareness.

And open-air memorial courtyard garden at the center of the museum will honor the legacy of African American history while providing a contemplative space for visitor reflection. After experiencing the new museum galleries, visitors will ascend a series of roof terraces that will provide unique, sweeping views of the Baltimore skyline, inspiring a sense of hope and excitement for our collective cultural future.

Behind the museum and on top of a one-story, below-grade parking structure, a sequence of educational gardens will provide sensory-filled spaces for enrichment and storytelling, as well as flexible programming opportunities. Water will be collected on site and run through a rain garden of native vegetation. The museum hopes to serve as a model and inspiration to the community of well-made and responsible design with sustainable performance.


Location: Baltimore, MD
Client: National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
Completion Date: 2017

Project Team

Davis Brody Bond, Architect
GGN, Landscape Architect

Services Provided

Conceptual Design - Design Development




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