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7 New Must-See Museums Opening in 2017!

Written by Tasmiah Rashid

 If you take a look at the international art calendar, you’ll see that 2017 has been quite the busy year for new Museum openings. Whether you’re trying to snap a picture at the Louvre with the Mona Lisa to show off to your friends, or you’re stoked to stand next to the largest T-Rex bones at the American Museum of Natural History, museum lovers of all kinds are in for a treat this year! From Abu Dhabi to Cape Town and Marrakech to Berlin, here’s a look at seven of this year’s most anticipated museums opening all over the world!

Yves Saint Laurent Museum — Marrakech, Morocco & Paris, France

Yves Saint Laurent. You may know him as one of the most renowned fashion designers of today, but did you also know that he is the only designer of his generation who has systematically archived his work since creating the inception of his famous couture house in the 1960s. 2017 will be marked by not just one, but two museums dedicated to this mastermind of fashion, with one opening in Paris and another in Marrakech, Morrocco. While the Parisian Museum will be a created within Yves Saint Laurent’s historical couture house, the Marrakech location will be a brand new construction — the outside will mimic threads of fabric, while the interior will resemble the lining of a couture jacket.

The Louvre — Abu Dhabi, Dubai

After a slight delay in its opening (originally slated to be completed in 2012), the Louvre Abu Dhabi will have its much-anticipated opening in Fall 2017. Bridging the gap between the East and the West, this epic international collaboration between France and Abu Dhabi will be a one-of-a-kind museum, sure to enthrall history and art lovers all over the world. Award-winning architects from Ateliers Jean Nouvel, designed the museum as a “city”, with a series of white buildings attached to one another and a dome devised to resemble sunlight shining through the quintessential, Abu Dhabi palm trees. 

Museum of the American Revolution — Philadelphia, PA

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Are you an American-history buff? Well, now you have a place to see all those history lessons… in real life. Located in Philadelphia (one of the most historically significant states in the U.S.), here you can learn more about our nation’s origins while engaging in interactive displays depicting the American Revolution. From the first shots at Lexington and Concord to the original White House — aka George Washington’s field tent —  explore the roots of the revolution that shaped our nation, through thousands of objects, artworks, manuscripts, and artifacts.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Nusantara  — Jakarta, Indonesia

When you think of Indonesia, you’re probably imaging breathtaking beaches, luxury resorts, and an unforgettable island vacation. But this year this beach-filled, East Asian haven will get its first museum dedicated to international modern art. The 43,000-square-foot Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara opens its doors in Jakarta this November, featuring a series of galleries, an audiovisual room, an indoor sculpture garden, and 90 works from Indonesian philanthropist and the museum’s founder Haryanto Adikoesoemo’s private collection. Adikoesoemo says it’s been over a decade since he’s dreamed of creating this museum for his people and will dawn the walls with artworks including pieces by Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, and Anish Kapoor.

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa — Cape Town, South Africa

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Imagine a towering 100,000-square-foot space, comprising more than 100 galleries over nine floors and filled entirely with pieces created since 2000. No, it’s not a dream, it’s the newly opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa. This museum is monumental not only because of its sheer size but also because of its cultural significance as the biggest museum to open on the continent for over a century. The museum will be inside the V&A’s Waterfront’s 57-meter-high, historic Grain Silo, posing as a symbol of Cape Town’s industrial heritage and soon to be an emblem of a creative future.

Museum for Urban Contemporary Art — Berlin, Germany

UNESCO deemed Berlin as the City of Design, known for its thousands of open-air gallery and a barrage of mind-blowing murals. With the opening of the Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, the German capital will add another accolade to its name, as the home to the world’s largest museum devoted entirely to street art. Set in Berlin’s Schöneberg neighborhood, the five-story building of graffiti, paste-ups, and acrylic designs will feature original pieces from 100 artists. The building’s facade will be wrapped in 8,000-square-foot murals, while the surrounding train tracks will be covered with incredible installations created on transportable, rotatable panels. Not convinced that this is a must-see museum yet? What if we told you this museum also featured a floating walkway to get up, close and personal with the art and… it’s free.


Hey history-lover, planning to visit any of these magnificent museums? Let us know which one you’re stoked to see in the comments below!
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About the author

Tasmiah Rashid

In a past life, Tasmiah was either a Bollywood actress, renowned ethnographer or master chef; no questions asked. In this one, she is a shower-singing, croissant enthusiast, who also writes content for Fareportal, in that order.

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