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International museum openings 2018

Adrian Murphy, International museum openings in 2018, Museums + Heritage, 5 January 2018

In 2018 there will be dozens of museum opening across the world that will create new opportunities for people to engage in art and culture. Here we pick five international museum openings that stand out for their national and international significance and cultural importance.

Grand Egyptian Museum

The Great Egyptian Museum will be just 2km from the great pyramids, which can be seen from certain parts of the new building

The Grand Museum of Egypt, which is to located between the great Pyramids of Giza and Cairo, is described as the largest museum of Egyptian artefacts in the world and well as one of the largest. Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, the museum will be devoted to Egyptology and its artefacts include the Tutankhamen collection, that is currently housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The building of the museum is a concerted effort by the Ministry of State for Antiquities to better display the country’s archeological heritage and boost tourism, and expects up to five million visitors per year. The museum has 24,000 sq m of permanent exhibition space (equivalent to 4 football pitches),  a children’s museum, conference and education facilities, a large conservation centre and extensive gardens with views of the pyramids.


Museum of Sound and Vision, Rio de Janeiro

Museum of Sound and Vision Rio de Janeiro will be a cultural centre in between the beach and the mountains

The Museum of Sound and Image (MIS), which will open in December on Copacabana beach is billed as new hub with exceptional facilities to produce and promote art and also tell the cultural story of culture in Rio de Janeiro. It even boasts a nightclub.

MIS was established in 1965 and it’s new home has been designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and will offer the public an innovative space to display the institution’s expansive collection of documents, photographs, billboards, records, film, and newspapers clippings. MIS will also house and display the Carmem Miranda Museum collection.

The museum will show both short – and long-term exhibitions, and houses research offices, an educational activity room, a 280-seat theater/cinema, a shop, a cafeteria, a panoramic restaurant, a bar/rooftop terrace, nightclub and an observation deck, as well as a kiosk on the beachfront.


The Tank, Shanghai

When we hear of decommissioned industrial architecture being turned into museums and cultural spaces we commend those behind it. Tank Shanghai is an impressive example where five oil tanks and a pool for fire-fighting, previously belonging to Longhua airport and situated in a on a desirable stretch of Huangpu River, have been transformed into an urban park and cultural centre.

Founded by contemporary art collector, Qiao Zhibing, The Tank, Shanghai includes an art gallery, exhibition spaces, a bookstore, education centre and restaurants situated on an area of 60,000 sq m with exceptional views of the city’s burgeoning skyline. It is scheduled to open in November. 

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