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How to Draw a Museum

Easy, step by step Museum drawing tutorial
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Ready to go on a museum field trip? You can learn how to draw a museum.

What will you discover inside a museum? Some hold paintings, statues, and other works of art. Science museums contain dinosaur skeletons, rocks from outer space, and simulations of extreme weather, like earthquakes and hurricanes.

History museums have objects from the past, some that are thousands of years old.

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There are a number of famous museums around the world. In Washington, D.C. in the United States, the Smithsonian Institution has large museums dedicated to natural history, aeronautics, Native American history, and African American history.

The Metropolitan Museum in New York City, known as the Met for short, has many, many types of art from all over the world.

You can decide what to include in your cartoon museum. Sharpen your pencil, and let's get started?

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Eiffel Tower, Pyramid, and City.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Museum

Museum drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Museum Step 01

1. Begin by drawing the foundation of the building. Start with a horizontal straight line. From its center, extend two zigzag lines at diagonal angles. Connect them at the bottom with a straight line to enclose the staircase.

Then, draw straight diagonal and vertical lines at each end of the original line. Connect the bottoms of the vertical lines to the stairs with additional straight lines.

Museum drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Museum Step 02

2. Draw straight lines across the staircase to indicate the individual stairs. Then, draw the bases of the columns. Use curved lines to enclose incomplete semicircle shapes. Band each shape with a curved line.

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Museum drawing - step 3
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3. Extend pairs of curved lines upward from each semicircle. Connect the lines at each end. Then, draw a small rectangle at the top of each column. Above one of the rectangles, extend two short lines. Then, draw a spiral-shaped line on each side.

Museum drawing - step 4
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4. Complete the second column to match the first. Extend two short lines, then draw a spiral-shaped line on each side. Next, enclose a large horizontal rectangle spanning the two columns. Draw the base of a third column and band it with a curved line.

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How to Draw a Museum Step 05

5. Draw the base of the fourth column. Then, complete each column. Extend pairs of curved lines for the sides of the columns, and place a small rectangle on top of each. Connect the bases of the columns with straight lines, completing the porch.

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6. Extend a pair of short lines upward from one of the columns, then draw a spiral-shaped line on each side. Draw two horizontal rectangles on top of the column, connected to the other columns and their rectangle on one side.

Draw a small rectangle on top, and connect the spiral filigree work of the first columns with a straight line.

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How to Draw a Museum Step 07

7. Draw the spiral filagree of the final column, and the rounded rectangles above it. Then, draw a pair of straight horizontal lines between each of the outer columns.

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8. Draw a rectangle on the front of the building just above the steps to form the doors. Draw a vertical line down its center. Draw a rectangle and a square with rounded corners to texture each door.

Use small circles for the doorknobs. Then, draw arched windows on each of the five open spaces on the front of the building. For each, use three straight lines to create a partial rectangle shape. Then, complete the shape with a curved line.

Museum drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Museum Step 09

9. Enclose two triangle shapes on top of the building, one within the other. Then, draw a small circle to form a final window. Bar the arched windows with straight vertical and horizontal lines that cross each other at perpendicular angles. Write the word “MUSEUM” in the large rectangle using bold letters.

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Color your cartoon museum. Buildings like this may be of white or cream-colored marble, brownstone, or red bricks.

Did you know? The six WonderWorks museums located across the United States look very much like this one - only the building is upside down! Turn your paper upside down and draw some cracks on the stone building to take a field trip to WonderWorks.

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