NC State Dairy Museum

NC State University Raleigh, NC Discovery 2016 1,523 square feet Back to Projects

The NC State University Dairy Museum is an addition to a former milking parlor at the Dairy Research and Teaching Farm located on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh, NC. The primary goal of this new museum was to provide a welcoming environment for the students and community to come and learn more about the history of the farm and dairy production at NC State.

The important work being done at NC State University by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and their herd of Jersey and Holstein dairy cows is a focus of the exhibits. The design of this facility is meant to evoke the look and feel of a traditional dairy barn. White shiplap siding and red barn doors and shutters were used to compliment the barn inspired profile of the exterior.

The museum interior is organized around a central Exhibition Hall with vaulted wood ceilings and clerestory windows that fill the space with natural light. Exhibit designs were coordinated with the architecture to tell a sequenced educational story and keep guests of all ages engaged. Kenan family history, biosecurity education, dairy production artifacts, and an artificial milking cow are all part of an immersive museum education experience. A flexible retail counter originally intended to feature Howling Cow Ice Cream and merchandise was also incorporated into the design.