Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Washington, D.C.
Client: Smithsonian Gardens


The National Museum of American History is part of the Smithsonian-the world’s largest museum and research complex. NMAH has a total of 4.6 acres and has 3.59 acres of green space, which is the largest amount of green space associated with any museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Oasis Design Group’s preliminary master planning report is intended to act as a framework for the Museum and future consultants as they move toward the next level of detailed site planning. It will provide a programmatic vision and design framework on where to focus more detailed strategic master site planning efforts and museum operational efforts such as special events and educational programming.

Firm Accomplishments

  • Facilitated and created a landscape master plan programming report for the National Museum of American History to guide future site design efforts at the world-renowned museum.
  • Led a series of meetings, conversations, site walkthroughs and field surveys, and discussions with members of the National Museum of American History staff, Smithsonian Institution Office of Facilities and Engineering Operations and Smithsonian Gardens.
  • Conducted an assessment of the various areas that impact the National Museum of American History site and adjacent land uses including security, entry points, streetscape, landscape, service, vendor, tree canopy, fountain, sculpture terrace and Victory Garden.