The World’s Best New Museums: 2022 Hot List
Every year we list the best and brightest openings, but for the 26th edition of Conde Nast Traveler‘s Hot List, we upped the ante: this time, the editors of the seven global editions participated in the research and selection of entries. At its heart, it’s still a list of hotels – a whopping 96 made the cut this year, which is a true testament to the resilience of the industry. But since (almost) no hotel is an island, we’ve broadened the focus to include the restaurants, culture, transportation, and cruises you need to know about, as well as destinations that are reinventing themselves. We mean it when we say this might be the hottest Hot List yet. Here, the seven best new museums in the world.
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The Fellini Museum — Rimini, Italy
Federico Fellini’s films are extravagant and fantastical, often blurring the lines between imagination and reality. So it’s fitting that the filmmaker’s eponymous museum in Rimini (his hometown, about three hours east of Florence) is itself a dreamscape. Spanning two historic buildings and a plaza, the Fellini Museum is a truly immersive experience: images appear on the walls as visitors blow on a feather, fountains spray mist to mimic the director’s fog-filled movie landscapes, and guests are invited to recline on a sculpture giantess by Anita Ekberg. La dolce vita, indeed. —Caitlin Morton
M+ — Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s busiest new museum had been in development for almost a decade (due to construction delays, censorship issues and other hurdles), but it finally opened in November 2021. is now one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world, at 700,000 square feet, and its visual impact begins long before you even enter the doors, with huge LED screens projecting moving images onto Victoria Harbour. It currently has around 8,000 works, ranging from Photographs by Ai Weiwei has a whole sushi bar shipped from Tokyo. —Caitlin Morton
MoMu — Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp’s cult fashion museum, ModeMuseum (MoMu), has reopened after a three-year renovation, and it’s more stylish and relevant than ever. Led by Belgian firm B-architecten, the space-conscious makeover includes a new café, two amphitheaters and expanded public viewing areas. MoMu’s permanent collection honoring Flemish designers is still intact, but visitors can now expect to see a rotating range of culturally significant items from global fashion history. Don’t be surprised to find yourself with an in-depth history lesson on lace. in Antwerp, then around the corner to find a few pieces from Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS shapewear line. —Caitlin Morton
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Atchugarry — Uruguay
One of the most talked about cultural openings in Latin America is MACA, Uruguay’s first museum of contemporary art. Designed by Carlos Ott, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Atchugarry resembles the skeleton of a futuristic vessel; an ode to the landscape, the undulating structure rests on angled beams made from local eucalyptus trunks, while on the pastoral perimeter are abstract marble sculptures sculpted by Pablo Atchugarry, the Uruguayan-born artist who orchestrated the whole project. Inside are three main exhibition areas, one containing a permanent collection focusing on famous regional artists such as Julio Le Parc, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Joaquín Torres García and Ernesto Neto; the other two are reserved for temporary international exhibitions. (The museum’s opening in January kicked off with a retrospective of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, of the famed Central Park Gates.) —Paula Singer
It’s not often that a library ends up on a must-visit list. Yet Tokyo’s Haruki Murakami Library, dedicated to the cult author – perhaps one of Japan’s most acclaimed literary exports – is a fashionable anomaly. Designed by architect Kengo Kuma, it sits on the grounds of Waseda University (where Murakami studied decades earlier); and admittedly, walking around campus to find it is as surreal as the worlds created in Murakami’s novels. Looping wooden curves run across the facade, drawing visitors into a dramatic, cathedral-like wooden space called Stair Bookshelf, lined on both sides with Murakami-related books. The space houses some 3,000 original books, manuscripts and documents (including countless translations, including English), as well as a lounge where his favorite records are played. In the basement, you’ll find a replica of his office next to a student-run cafe serving his favorite dark roast coffee and food inspired by the novel. Wind-Up Sandwich, anyone? —Danielle Demetriou
Munch Museum — Oslo
After perusing the 28,000-person collection of Munch and other Expressionists, visitors should head to the top floor for a drink at the bar, Kranen, where natural wines are served with views of Oslo Harbour. —Erin Florio