The World’s Most Anticipated Museums Opening in 2024
As we step into 2024, a wave of excitement surrounds the opening of nine new museums, each promising unique experiences ranging from the exploration of ancient civilizations to the celebration of technological marvels. Let's take a closer look at these museums that are set to captivate audiences with their innovative offerings.
- Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza, Egypt
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), designed by Heneghan Peng, is a decade-long project finally nearing completion. This $1 billion cultural complex is expected to open its doors in May, offering more than just a museum experience. With a massive footprint defined by a 600-meter tall translucent stone façade and a colossal statue of Ramses II, GEM is set to house around 100,000 artifacts. This destination is a must-visit for Egyptology enthusiasts, providing an immersive journey into ancient Egyptian history.
- Nintendo Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Japan, synonymous with Nintendo, will host the Nintendo Museum in Uji City. Housed in the company's former gaming factory, the museum will showcase Nintendo's 135-year history, from hanafuda playing cards to iconic games like Pokémon and Super Mario. Visitors can expect immersive exhibitions themed around beloved games like Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda, creating a hands-on experience. While the opening date is yet to be announced, the museum's interactive approach is sure to appeal to gaming enthusiasts.
- Museum of Shakespeare, London, UK
Unveiling the remains of one of London's earliest theatres, believed to be Shakespeare's Curtain Playhouse, the Museum of Shakespeare in Shoreditch promises a journey into 16th-century London. Designed by Bompas and Parr, the glass prism-like structure will incorporate multisensory technology, providing visitors with a vivid recreation of the sights, sounds, and even smells of 1598 London. Part of a larger development called The Stage, this museum is set to open later this year, offering a unique blend of archaeology and technology.
- Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, New York City, US
The Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center in New York City is a significant addition, commemorating the pivotal 1969 police raid of Manhattan's Stonewall Inn. A turning point in the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, the visitor center, set to open on June 28, 2024, will provide dedicated space to share the history of the Stonewall uprising. Curated by Pride Live in partnership with the Parsons School of Design, this center promises to be a meaningful exploration of LGBTQIA+ activism.
- Seoul Robot and AI Museum, Seoul, Korea
The Seoul Robot and AI Museum (RAIM), designed by Melike Altinisik Architects, takes a futuristic approach. Located in the Changbai New Economic Center, this orb-shaped museum will not only exhibit robots but also showcase smart technologies from design and manufacturing to construction and services. With a planned opening during Seoul's autumn, RAIM aims to redefine the museum experience by integrating smart design and building methodologies.
- Museum of Art and Technology, New York City, US
Set in the heart of New York's Financial District, the Museum of Art and Technology (MOAT) is a collaboration between interactive artist Roy Nachum and real estate developer Michael Cayre. Opening in February, MOAT promises 15 immersive experiences within a retail concept hub. This museum is poised to become a dynamic space where art, technology, and retail intersect, providing visitors with a multi-sensory journey.
In the next part of our exploration, we will uncover the remaining museums that are set to redefine the cultural and technological landscape in 2024. Stay tuned for more insights into these innovative spaces that promise to enrich our understanding of the world around us.