Museum Signs Part 1

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Katrín Svana Eyþórsdóttir is a media artist and designer from Iceland. You can follow her on twitter. More about Katrín Eyþórsdóttir ↬

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage Photo Contest by the readers of Smashing Magazine. We received over 2,500+ photos from our readers across the globe, and present a selection of the most interesting photos in the overview below.

The topic of this gallery is Museum signs, i.e. signs that express names of museums and give directions for exhibits in number of creative ways. Please notice: each photo has a certain license, provided in the description of the photo. Before using the images for private or commercial projects, make sure that the license allows you to do so. Also, you can click on the photos for a larger preview.

Please feel free to take a look at other submissions as well (links to other galleries are listed in the end of this gallery).

Museum / University / Theatre / Cinema Signs

Museums Quartier

Museums Quartier [ large preview ]
“Vienna Museums Quartier is a place in Vienna with lots of museums. I really love the logo.” Photo taken by Alex Buga from Romania.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - museums-quartier

Please do not touch

Please do not touch [ large preview ]
“Taken in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.” Licensed: Copyright by Photo taken by g0g from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - please-do-not-touch

Dreamer (Glasgow)

Dreamer (Glasgow) [ large preview ]
“Dreamer in Staircase Window of Lighthouse Museum. Glasgow, Scotland.” Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Jason Hoyt from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dreamer-(glasgow)

House of sign

House of sign [ large preview ]
“Sign house a part of the Swiss Museum of Transport (Lucern, Switzerland).” Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Hansjoerg Schneider from Switzerland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - house-of-sign

Lucky Number 7

Lucky Number 7 [ large preview ]
“Level numbering in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart/Germany.” Photo taken by Fini Orlamuende from Germany.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - lucky-number-7

Akabei, Pinky, Aosuke & Guzuta

Akabei, Pinky, Aosuke & Guzuta [ large preview ]
“4 Pac-Man ghosts near Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao(Spain).” Photo taken by Pablo Martinez from Spain.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - akabei-pinky-aosuke-&-guzuta

Butterfly explorers sign

Butterfly explorers sign [ large preview ]
“A picture of the entrance to a butterfly exhibit outside the natural history museum.” Photo taken by Will Parker from England.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - butterfly-explorers-sign

Science Museum London logo [ large preview ]
“Best logo i’ve ever seen.” Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Lajos Dioszegi from United Kingdom.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - science-museum-london-logo

Discovery Science

Discovery Science [ large preview ]
“Museum display.” Photo taken by Paul Borne from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - discovery-science

Teddybear museum sign

Teddybear museum sign [ large preview ]
“A sign for a teddybear museum on the side of a wall.” Photo taken by Michael Evans from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - teddybear-museum-sign

Dachstein World heritage museum

Dachstein World heritage museum [ large preview ]
“Two-sided museum sign at Dachstein Mountain, Austria.” Photo taken by Dieter Veverka from Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - dachstein-world-heritage-museum


Stop [ large preview ]
“This was in a London museum, they were shutting up for the day and closing off and alarming the building section by section. I just loved the sign, it looked like a museum piece itself!” Photo taken by Lewis Bush from UK.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - stop

Art Museum Reflections

Art Museum Reflections [ large preview ]
“” Photo taken by Tracey L. Warner from Reflection Pond at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - art-museum-reflections

Porsche Museum

Porsche Museum [ large preview ]
"Signage in the garage of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany." Licensed: © 2009. Photo taken by Florence Schmidfrom Austria.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - porsche-museum

Ghibli Museum Approach

Ghibli Museum Approach [ large preview ]
“One of the many reminders scattered throughout Mitaka City which remind people of where they are in relation to the city’s centerpiece, the Studio Ghibli Museum. On top: Totoro welcoming visitors with a huge smile.” Photo taken by Andrew Mander from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ghibli-museum-approach


Museum [ large preview ]
“Lovely German Bahnstation.” Licensed: Attribution License. Photo taken by Maren Graser from Ireland.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - museum


Airy [ large preview ]
“Light and airy engraving illustrating the “air and space” of the National Air and Space Museum.” Photo taken by Brandon Unroe from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - airy

Parking Hell Yes

Parking Hell Yes [ large preview ]
“Street sign in NY, right in front of the New Museum.” Photo taken by Bernardo Cople from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - parking-hell-yes


Ship-sign [ large preview ]
“Old danish passenger ship, now turned to museum ship in Croatia.” License: License CC. Photo taken by Janez Cadez from Slovenia.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - ship-sign

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts [ large preview ]
“Old signage at the University of Utah.” Photo taken by Shauna Ehninger from USA.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - museum-of-fine-arts

Thank you!

Thanks to all participants for taking their time for preparing and sending submissions for the contest and creating a unique and diversified gallery presented above. We truly appreciate and respect your efforts and your time, folks!

Further Galleries

You may want to take a look at other contest galleries, too: