As a rule, people go to museums to see exhibitions and learn something new, while rarely paying attention to the exterior. But there are such treasures that are impressive and amaze no less than their contents. As, for example, 7 fantastic museums in the world, which really amaze with their architectural forms, more reminiscent of works of art.
1. Erawan Museum in Bangkok (Thailand)
The Erawan museum in Samut Prakan province is a tourist attraction in itself, because after its opening in 2003, the flow of tourists has not dried up, and only because everyone wants to see with their own eyes a giant three-headed elephant perched on the roof of a building. The construction, as well as the collection of exhibits, was initiated and fully financed by the Thai millionaire and art critic Lek Viriyapan.
The panoramic building, lavishly decorated with bas-reliefs, stucco moldings, carved elements and columns, topped with a 250-ton bronze statue of a mutant elephant, is such a mesmerizing sight that visitors do not immediately remember why they came to the museum. Although the fabulous interior and exposition can also surprise you with luxurious decoration, stained glass windows, stucco moldings, artifacts, Chinese vases from the Ming and Qing dynasties, art from Europe, relics and Buddha statues.
2. Museum of Islamic Art in Doha (Qatar)
One of the greatest treasures of Islamic art is The Museum Of Islamic Art in Doha, located in the capital of Qatar. It was designed by the legendary modernist of our time, 91-year-old Io Ming Pei, who insisted that the building be built on an artificial island for this purpose. Reflecting on the waters of the Persian Gulf, the Museum of Islamic Art creates a special atmosphere.
3. Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg (USA)
On the shores of Tampa Bay in the resort town of St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2011 a new building of the Salvador Dali Museum appeared, which is the largest museum outside Spain, where the works of the world famous artist are collected. The new design, proposed by the talented architects of HOK Florida, matched the creativity of Salvador Dali himself, delighting visitors with surreal forms and unique charm. Particularly impressive is the annex to the museum in the shape of a giant bubble, consisting of 1,062 triangles made of glass.
Enigma, the so-called glass bubble, was designed by Yann Weymouth, chief designer of the architectural bureau IM Pei. It was she who transformed the monolithic structure of the classical form, making it possible to create not only an amazing exterior of the museum building, but also made it possible to equip an impressive interior. It became an ideal complement and a worthy setting for the master's countless works, including 96 oil paintings, more than a hundred watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphic works, photographs, sculptures and much more.
4. Art Museum Milwaukee in Wisconsin (USA)
The Milwaukee Art Museum was founded back in 1888 and now its vaults and exhibitions boast a unique collection of 30,000 works of art. But the most intriguing part of the museum is still the Quadracci Pavilion, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava, the most talented Spanish artist, architect and sculptor known for his expressive and futuristic designs. Thanks to this man, the pavilion has become a real attraction of the museum. Particularly attracted by its movable "wings", which change their position depending on the movement of the Luminary and the time of day.
5. Museum of African Contemporary Art Zeitz in Cape Town (South Africa)
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa aka Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art of Africa (MOCAA) is located on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (a growing creative district) in Cape Town. It is considered the largest museum in the world dedicated to the creative heritage and development of the African continent. But it is not only the cultural heritage that attracts visitors, its scale is no less striking, because few museums can boast of hundreds of galleries, an educational center, a hotel and a restaurant, not to mention public spaces.
Interesting fact: The building was erected back in the 1920s. of the last century and was a giant granary, consisting of 42 bunkers, where grain crops were stored for more than a decade. Over time, the granary, finding itself in the center of Cape Town and could no longer perform its functions, so they decided to redesign it. The project of transforming an industrial facility into a cultural center was developed by London-based designer Thomas Heatherwick.
6. Museum of Contemporary Art "Zumaia" in Mexico City (Mexico)
In 2011, one of the largest museums in the world, Museo Soumaya, opened in Mexico City, the construction of which was funded by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. The richest man on the planet named the museum after his wife, who began to collect a collection of paintings (at the moment there are 70 thousand copies). But this is not what the museum is famous for.
Its main highlight was the futuristic forms, which were developed and implemented by the billionaire's son-in-law - the ambitious architect Fernando Romero. He managed to design a building of a peculiar shape, covered with 16 thousand hexagonal elements created from polished steel with a mirror effect, which made him look like a strange alien creature of gigantic proportions, which constantly changes skin color due to the play of light and shadow.
7. Museum of the Future in Dubai (UAE)
In Dubai, the construction of the Museum of the Future, unique in all respects, has been completed, which is recognized as a work of architecture and the highest achievement of engineering. The futuristic museum building of complex shape was created from fiberglass, carbon fiber and stainless steel. Particularly impressive is the Dubai Eye, with its outer skin comprised of 1,020 innovative cladding panels. Merging together, they create a cover decorated with Arabic script, quoting lines from the poem of the ruler Sheikh Al-Maktoum.
According to Novate.ru, this cultural and educational center can hardly be called a museum, most likely it will become an "incubator for extraordinary ideas, where you can see technologies that will benefit people in the future."
Nowadays, museums are becoming multifunctional cultural and educational centers that attract a lot of people not only with interesting expositions, but with fantastic architectural forms and impressive opportunities. For example, the largest in the world opened in Shanghai astronomical museum, where you can not only study our Universe, but also participate in research.