Museums – most larger cities have them and most of us want to visit them when we’re exploring a new city. Luckily there’s a treasure trove of jaw-dropping modern museums around the world just waiting to be checked out and sadly most of us will probably not even scratch the surface of what’s out there. We can do our best though! If you’re looking to investigate some cool museums, check out these 10 that will surely have you wanting to visit.
designed the in Shenzhen, China, with a silver floating “Cloud” that houses a cafe, museum store, and book shop within its massive open plaza.
was designed by and it houses a massive art collection of 15th to mid-20th century works, as well as the most number of Rodin sculptures in a private collection. Located in Mexico City, the museum’s exterior may be clad in a busy skin of hexagonal tiles, but the interior boasts a calm, soothing presence.
are behind the design of the in Washington, D.C., with David Adjaye as the lead designer and Philip Freelon as the lead architect. Its incredible exterior features a bronze filigree shell that projects a bold and unforgettable statement.
Located in Montignac, France, the is an educational museum where visitors get to check out 20,000-year-old Lascaux cave paintings. It was co-designed by and who created an interior that helps evoke a cave-like feel.
The Fukushima, Japan located holds everything related to the Jomon Period around the 10th Century BC. Located on Jomon ruins, the museum was designed by with a geometric wooden roof structure that references caves called grotta where their people used to live.
The , designed by , celebrates Chinese history in the city of Wuhan and operates as a way to educate the children on the 1911 Revolution. The red, U-shaped building makes a dynamic statement with an outdoor public space that welcomes visitors.
In 2017, the designed finally opened for visitors after many, many years and lots of delays. It showcases a domed ceiling with a layered geometric pattern that lets light filter through.
The was built in the city of Tartu to represent the country’s history and pride. An international competition was held and the winning design was by , who ignored the proposed site plans and instead designed it on a former Soviet military base. The sloped roof of the all-glass building looks to lift into the sky, almost like the path of an airplane.
The impressive in Granada, Spain, was designed by , who had a goal to make it “the most beautiful building.” Its central courtyard is home to a winding ramp that connects the floors while giving visitors a place to stroll and reflect.
collaborated with Narud-Stokke-Wiig on the waterfront in Oslo, Norway. A slanted glass roof covers the sail-like structure and filters a soft light onto the modern art that fills the contemporary museum.