The Pre-Columbian Pavilion is one of my favourite spaces in Dumbarton Oaks–not because I am a huge fan of pre-Columbian art, but because Philip Johnson designed it to offer visitors an incredible aesthetic experience.
This building has 8 interconnected dome-shaped galleries, with curved glass walls. Dumbarton Oaks has beautiful gardens and Johnson said that he wanted the gardens to “march right up to the museum displays and become part of them.” The muted colours of the building materials and the mostly transparent display cases make the greenery pop.
These rooms breathe life into the objects on display, and the modern design offers a nice contrast to the Georgian architecture of the rest of the museum. If you are ever in D.C., this could be a nice place to visit 🙂