Posted January 28, 2020

These are the Best Museums Opening in 2020

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Arts & culture lovers rejoice. 2020 is your year. It has already started off on a high note with the opening of Fotografiska New York. The photography and culture museum is a transplant from Stockholm that showcases the greatest photographers in the world, including well-known names like David LaChapelle and Annie Leibovitz. Kimpton has partnered with this celebrated museum to bring multi-sensory pop-up exhibitions to our hotels in 6 U.S. cities in 2020. So even if you can’t make it to New York this year, you can visit our interactive traveling installation from now through the end of summer.

See works from the greatest photographers in the world at Fotografiska New York. Photo credit: Adrian Gaut

Our museum-hopping friends should also check out these planned openings around the world.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles

Movie buffs already make the sojourn to Hollywood to check out where some of their favorite films were made, but next year they’ll have brand new film industry epicenter to explore. Slated to open in the spring, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will showcase the rich history of movies and the science of filmmaking. The 300,000-square-foot institution will bring guests inside global blockbusters through exhibitions, interactive installations, events and artifacts that have left an indelible mark on our culture—like Dorothy’s ruby slippers from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz.

Celebrate the interesting science and rich history of filmmaking at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Photo credit: L’Autre Image

Stay At: Kimpton Hotel Wilshire

National Museum of African American Music, Nashville

No matter what genre of music you listen to, chances are that it was influenced by an African-American composer or artist. This fact is the foundation of the new National Museum of African American Music set to open in downtown Nashville in summer 2020. From classical to country to jazz and hip hop, the museum will share the story of Black music traditions and how they have touched more than 50 music genres and sub-genres. The 56,000-square-foot space in the heart of Music City will include a theater, interactive pathways, multiple exhibition spaces, a research library and multipurpose rooms for classes and presentations. The permanent collection will feature instruments, iconic stage costumes, sheet music, photographs and recording equipment.

The National Museum of African American Music will share the story of how Black music traditions influenced nearly every music genre. Photo credit: NMAAM

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Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza, Egypt

Few countries have as rich of a history and civilization as Egypt, so it’s no surprise that when the Grand Egyptian Museum opens in 2020, it will be the largest archaeological museum in the world. The $1 billion state-of-the-art building looks out at the famed pyramids and will house the largest collection of Tutankhamen relics ever displayed. There are sculpture gardens in the museum park, and a massive statue of Ramses II greets guests upon entry at the main atrium. There’s also a Grand Staircase lined with 87 statues of kings and gods. The main galleries are divided by era and then organized according to three themes: Beliefs and Eternity, Kingship and Power, and Society. Expect to see painfully restored artifacts like gold masks, jewels, gilded thrones and chariots among the 100,000 pieces on display.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest archaeological museum in the world. Photo credit: Kevin Langlais on Unsplash

Jackie Robinson Museum, New York

In the spring of 2020, New York City will honor one of the most impactful players in baseball history. The Jackie Robinson Museum will celebrate the life of legendary athlete and former Brooklyn Dodger, Jackie Robinson, who integrated Major League Baseball in 1947. Although Robinson experienced intense racism and stress during his time in the MLB, he took it upon himself to be a trailblazer during the civil rights movement to advance equal opportunity and champion for social and economic equality for all African-Americans. The museum explores his legacy through key moments in his life including his entry into the Negro Leagues, his 1949 Major League Baseball MVP award and his induction as the first African-American to the Baseball Hall of Fame. There will be interactive displays, media clips, artifacts and of course, his baseball uniforms.

Explore this legendary baseball player’s life and legacy at Jackie Robinson Museum. Robinson was the first African-American to play in the modern Major Leagues. Photo credit: PictureLake on iStock

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Bourse de Commerce—Pinault Collection, Paris

French billionaire businessman and art collector, François Pinault, is set to open his third art museum, Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection (he has two other museums in Venice) solely for his personal contemporary art collection in June 2020. With 25 appearances on the annual ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list, it’s safe to say his pieces are rare and influential, and he’s known for producing must-see shows featuring artists such as Damien Hirst and Sigmar Polke. Does his name sound familiar to you? Pinault founded luxury conglomerate Kering which owns brands including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, and he publicly committed to donating €100 million to the rebuilding of the Notre Dame.

Bourse de Commerce houses French billionaire businessman François Pinault’s personal collection of rare contemporary art. Photo credit: @boursedecommerce


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