Patrick Gallagher to Design the New Museum
International Museum Designer Patrick Gallagher Chosen to Design the New Museum of the Jewish People
Patrick Gallagher, President and Founder of Gallagher & Associates, a leading, international professional design firm, has been chosen by Beit Hatfutsot's Board of Directors and International Steering Committee to lead the planning and the renovation of Beit Hatfutsot's core exhibition covering approximately 4,000 square meters. Gallagher will also assist with the planning and development of the entire 17,000 square meter Beit Hatfutsot complex. The firm specializes in creating highly successful visitor experiences through museum master planning and interpretive planning, exhibition design and media programming and development.
Gallagher's appointment follows a rigorous year-long search for a master designer/design firm that specializes in world-class historic museums. During this time, Avinoam Armoni, Chief Executive Officer at Beit Hatfutsot, visited dozens of museums across Europe and the United States and met with their designers, before Patrick Gallagher was chosen to lead the design of this immense project. Gallagher and Associates is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, San Francisco, California, and Singapore.
Gallagher & Associates’ notable projects include the National Museum of American Jewish History which recently opened in Philadelphia, Shanghai Natural History Museum, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.
With Gallagher on board the detailed planning stage of the new core exhibition is due to begin. Patrick Gallagher and his team will visit Beit Hatfutsot on a regular basis in order to meet with the curators, historians, sociologists, cultural advisors and other professional staff working on the exhibition. The renewal project, managed by Moti Schwartz, Vice President, Beit Hatfutsot, is estimated to last approximately three years. The core exhibition, which opened to the public in 1978, is scheduled to close for renovation in early 2013 and to re-open during 2014.
Gallagher and his team
"We are extremely excited to partner with Patrick Gallagher and Gallagher and Associates" said Avinoam Armoni, Chief Executive Officer at Beit Hatfutsot. "We are convinced that Gallagher's vast international experience as a top-tier museum designer will propel Beit Hatfutsot into the 21st Century, making it a cutting-edge museum that tells the ongoing, remarkable story of the Jewish People both in Israel and abroad, as well as a source of inspiration for Jewish educators.”