Bergmeyer’s inspired retail spaces enable visitors take home a piece of the MFA’s world-class collection.
As one of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s most frequently-hired architects, Bergmeyer, with its series of projects, has helped the MFA give new focus to existing spaces so that its storied facility on Huntington Avenue can support the institutional mission into the 21st century.
Our collaboration began with the historic preservation of the Shapiro Colonnade and Rotunda, which returned the 1909 Beaux Arts space to its original splendor. Bergmeyer also designed multiple renovations and additions to the retail shops, restaurant, and information center in the 1981 I.M. Pei Wing.
As a result of the Museum’s new Art of the Americas Wing and subsequent reprogramming of the Linde Family Wing, Bergmeyer recently designed three museum shops: a luxury boutique and the special exhibition shop in the original building and a complete renovation of the main museum store. Bergmeyer’s judicious reprogramming of valuable space allowed the MFA to reduce the museum store’s floor area and create new seminar rooms for the Museum’s robust educational program. These transformations also capitalized on the Museum’s expansion by locating the boutique gift shop – which sells curated collectibles and estate jewelry – in a previously underutilized space adjacent to the Museum’s popular new jewelry gallery.