The year heralds a significant period for the global museum landscape, with numerous institutions opening their doors for the first time or unveiling extensive expansions.

From the vast history of ancient Egypt to the interactive worlds of video gaming, and from the detailed exploration of abstract art to immersive Shakespearean experiences, these institutions are poised to offer unique and enriching experiences to visitors from around the globe.

Here’s a closer look at what each of these projects brings to the cultural and artistic world:

1. Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza, Egypt

Projected to finally open in May 2024, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza is one of the most awaited museum openings worldwide.

With a staggering collection that includes over 100,000 artifacts, the museum promises to be a cornerstone for Egyptian history and archaeology.

Among its treasures, items from Tutankhamun’s tomb will be prominently featured, alongside a gallery offering views of the Pyramids, providing a direct link between the museum’s contents and Egypt’s ancient heritage.

2. Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (Masp), Brazil

Masp’s expansion is a masterclass in architectural innovation, incorporating a 14-story tower block connected to the original museum by an underground tunnel.

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand expects to unveil its new 14-floor building in 2024 —
Rendering courtesy Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand

This extension is designed to blend seamlessly with the landmark modernist building, significantly increasing the exhibition space and allowing a greater portion of the museum’s vast collection to be displayed.

The new block, named after Pietro Maria Bardi, complements the museum’s focus on broadening access to its 11,000 objects, of which only 1% are currently on display.

3. Kunstsilo, Kristiansand, Norway

The Kunstsilo museum transforms a 1935 grain silo into a modern art venue, focusing on Nordic art. It combines the Southern Norway Art Museum’s holdings with the extensive Tangen Collection, showcasing a breadth of Nordic modernist artwork. This museum is not just about art display; it’s envisioned as a cultural hub with concerts, lectures, and educational programs, enriching the local and international art scene.

4. Frick Collection, New York, USA

After an extensive renovation, the Frick Collection will return to its historic Fifth Avenue mansion, enhancing its exhibition, education, and conservation facilities. The upgrade includes opening the mansion’s second floor to the public for the first time, providing intimate views into the Frick family’s private quarters and expanding the display of the museum’s exquisite collection of fine and decorative arts. This renovation respects the building’s historical significance while modernizing its capabilities to serve future generations.

5. Perth Museum, Perth, UK

The Perth Museum, set in the former city hall, will spotlight the region’s rich history, including its role as Scotland’s first capital.

A computer generated image of the new Perth city hall museum proposal. Photograph: pkc.gov.uk

The museum is part of a broader initiative to preserve local heritage while making it accessible through modern storytelling methods. Key exhibits will include Bonnie Prince Charlie’s sword and the Stone of Destiny, offering visitors a tangible connection to Scotland’s storied past.

6. Reinhard Ernst Museum, Wiesbaden, Germany

Reinhard Ernst Museum, Wiesbaden, Germany

Dedicated to abstract art, the Reinhard Ernst Museum is set to open its doors in Wiesbaden, showcasing a vast collection that spans German post-war art, Japanese Gutai art, and American Abstract Expressionism.

The museum itself is a testament to the power of abstract forms, both in its architectural design by Fumihiko Maki and the art it houses, reflecting Reinhard Ernst’s deep commitment to this artistic movement.

7. Nintendo Museum, Kyoto, Japan

This interactive museum will offer a deep dive into Nintendo’s evolution from a playing card manufacturer to a global video game powerhouse.

The Nintendo Museum is expected to be finished in March 2024 — Image : Nintendo

Exhibits will cover the company’s history, iconic games, and consoles, inviting visitors into the worlds of “Super Mario,” “Pokémon,” and more. The museum not only celebrates Nintendo’s innovations but also its role in shaping entertainment and pop culture.

8. Museum of Shakespeare, London, UK

Located in the historical Shoreditch neighborhood, the Museum of Shakespeare will immerse visitors in the world of the Bard, utilizing the site of the Curtain Theatre for a deeply engaging experience.

Image: Bompas & Parr
Image: Bompas & Parr

Through innovative technology, the museum will recreate the sights, sounds, and even smells of Shakespeare’s London, making it a unique destination for literature and history enthusiasts.

9. Hampi Art Labs, Hampi, India

Set in the rich cultural landscape of Hampi, this contemporary art space will bridge traditional Indian arts and modern creativity.

exterior shot of Hampi Art Labs, 2023, courtesy of JSW Foundation
Exterior shot of Hampi Art Labs, 2023, courtesy of JSW Foundation

Its opening exhibition, “Right Foot First,” showcases a diverse range of artworks, connecting the past with the present. Hampi Art Labs aims to be a dynamic platform for artists and a new cultural landmark in India.

10. NHM Commons, Los Angeles, USA

As an expansion of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, NHM Commons is set to redefine the museum experience with its 75,000-square-foot expansion.

NHM Commons

This new wing will serve both as an entryway and a community hub, enhancing the museum’s role as a gathering place for education, entertainment, and exploration.

With added exhibition space, a new 400-seat theater, and increased community engagement opportunities, NHM Commons is poised to become a focal point for Los Angeles’s cultural and scientific communities.

Each of these museum projects, set to open or expand in 2024, not only represents significant architectural and cultural milestones but also underscores the ongoing evolution of museums as spaces for learning, engagement, and inspiration.

As these museums open their doors, they invite us to explore the depths of human creativity and innovation, across time, cultures, and disciplines.

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