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Explore the Most Architecturally Significant Museum Openings This Fall — This great selection presents museums like the Louvre in Abu Dhabi and Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, all of them featuring architecture as gorgeous as the artwork they store.

This fall, some cities across the world will celebrate the openings of major new museums. Some of these openings, like the Jean Nouvel–designed Louvre Abu Dhabi, will be seismic events for the architectural world. On the other hand, openings like the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Jakarta, clearly represent the maturation of their country’s flourishing art scenes into subjects of international interest.

Daily Design News presents below some of the best museums to visit this season. CHECK THEM OUT!


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Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

Opening in December 2017, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s new location is an impressive 20,000 square feet of exhibition galleries and a public sculpture garden designed by Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos.

Photo: Silvia Ros / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos and Wolfberg Alvarez

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

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town is the first major museum in Africa dedicated exclusively to contemporary art. The 100,000-square-foot space within the historic Grain Silo Complex is also the largest museum to open on the continent in over a century.

Photo: Heatherwick Studio

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, was designed by architects at Norwegian firm Snøhetta. The cultural center will include a cinema, library, museum, and auditorium. This futuristic design admired by architecture lovers the world over is slated to open late this year.

Photo: Snøhetta

Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech

Located in Marrakech, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent will open this Fall, celebrating the life and work of one of the 20th century’s most defining figures in fashion. The museum, designed by French architecture firm Studio KO, will feature a permanent collection of Saint Laurent’s work staged by Christophe Martin, as well as a gallery, café, and restaurant.

Photo: Studio KO

Remai Modern, Saskatchewan, Canada

Remai Modern in Saskatchewan officially opens its doors this month. Canada’s newest home for contemporary artwork, the modernist building — designed by Canadian architect Bruce Kuwabara — features roughly 130,000 square feet of total space which can be used for various functions. 

Photo: Remai Modern

National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens, Greece

The new location of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens is finally due to open this fall. Following an architecture competition, EMST awarded 3SK Stylianidis Architects, I. Mouzakis & Associate Architects, Tim Ronalds Architects, and K. Kontozoglou the task of collaboratively refurbishing the historic FIX Brewery. 

Photo: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MACAN), Jakarta, Indonesia

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MACAN) will open this November, coinciding with the Jakarta Biennale. The 43,000-square-foot space is located in a mixed-use building and will feature the work of Indonesian artists like Raden Saleh and Affandi, as well as international stars like Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons, and Gerhard Richter. 

Photo: Courtesy of MACAN

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is finally ready to open this fall. Designed by French Pritzker Prize–winner Jean Nouvel, the museum promises to be worth the wait. The collection includes more than 600 artworks, manuscripts, and objects of historical and cultural significance, with more than 300 masterpieces on loan from French institutions. 

Photo: Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.

Designed by SmithGroupJJRA and a few blocks from both the Capitol and the National Mall, the 430,0000-square foot Museum of the Bible plans to welcome its first crowds this November. The private museum is being funded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, who will also provide 40,000 artifacts from his collection, including papyrus fragments of the New Testament. 

Photo: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

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