At Glenstone, architecture is as essential as artwork and nature, providing a minimal design to complement the collection and visitor experience.

A path runs through a lawn, leading to large weathering steel sculpture in front of a low gray building with a block design and wooden accents.

The Gallery

Opened in 2006, the Gallery is Glenstone’s first museum building and was designed by Charles Gwathmey (1938−2009) of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects.

A gray building with a block design and wooden accents sits on a green lawn with a pond in the foreground.

The Gallery hosts changing exhibitions in generously proportioned spaces and opens up to a terrace overlooking a pond. A limited palette of materials—zinc, granite, stainless steel, and teak—allows the architecture to exist in harmony with the surrounding landscape and the art it houses.

Green tables and chairs sit on a low wooden platform in front of a green lawn, with a forest in the background.

Just steps from the Gallery, the Patio offers a casual outdoor dining experience at the forest’s edge.

The Pavilions

The Pavilions offers an additional 50,000 square feet of exhibition space that features changing exhibitions and rooms dedicated to single-artist installations.

Please Note: Beginning March 21, 2024, the Pavilions building will be temporarily closed for renovations through early 2025. The grounds, Gallery, Café, Patio, Arrival Hall, and Bookstore will remain open during this time. Learn more here.

A wooden platform sits on a body of water filled with green plants, surrounded by a glass and concrete building.

Thoughtfully integrated into the landscape, the Pavilions are set on the cardinal points. The spaces within are illuminated almost exclusively by natural light through a series of large windows and clerestories. Designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, the building is LEED certified gold and has 11 Rooms for artwork installations. Each Room is unique in its proportions; some host changing exhibitions while others are purpose-built to house a particular artist’s work. The rooms are connected by a glass-enclosed passage that looks out onto an 18,000 square foot water court that is home to seasonally changing plant life.

View Pavilions fact sheet