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50 Majestic Museum Structures

From Futuristic Historical Hubs to Indoor Forest Museums

— November 7, 2013 — Art & Design
These majestic museum structures are some beautiful examples of how modern day architects are using bold, futuristic designs to showcase cultural centres and historical buildings in a much more engaging manner.

While museums are often thought of as being boring or mundane, these majestic structures are here to prove that these educational spaces can indeed be just as modern and architecturally magnificent as any other structural space. A creative way to engage and attract new people to these buildings, these majestic museum structures are definitely allowing a whole new generation of individuals the opportunity to appreciate history and culture.

From graphic novel galleries to artistic outdoor museums, these creative structures are demonstrating that a contemporary exterior design can profoundly impact how people perceive that building.
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Contemporary Artist-Run Museums
Contemporary Artist-Run Museums
Palais de Tokyo Allows Artists to Control the Space of the Museum
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Purse-Shaped Museums
Purse-Shaped Museums
Purse Fanatics Will Go Mad for the Simone Handbag Museum
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Miniature Metropolis Museums
Miniature Metropolis Museums
The National Art Museum of China by OMA Boasts Ambitious Design
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Futuristic Luxury Auto Exhibits
Futuristic Luxury Auto Exhibits
The Ferrari Museum in Modena is Dedicated to Enzo Ferrari
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Curvaceous Cultural Venues
Curvaceous Cultural Venues
The Changsha Meixihu International Centre Boasts a Futuristic Aesthetic
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Interactive Soccer-Themed Museums
Interactive Soccer-Themed Museums
Ajax Experience is the Next Generation of Sports Celebration
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Glacier-Esque Museum Concepts
Glacier-Esque Museum Concepts
The Moscow Polytechnic Museum and Educational Centre is Icy
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Virtual Visual Galleries
Virtual Visual Galleries
The Adobe Museum of Digital Media Honors Talented Digital Work
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Radiating Museum Redesigns
Radiating Museum Redesigns
Rojkind Arquitectos Puts a Fresh Face on Mexico's National Archives
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Planter-Shaped Galleries
Planter-Shaped Galleries
The Taiyuan Archaeological Museum Features Pottery Formations
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Monolithic Glacier Museums
Monolithic Glacier Museums
The Glacarium Resembles the Very Formations it Hopes to Save
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Sting Ray-Inspired Floating Museums
Sting Ray-Inspired Floating Museums
The Pingtan Art Museum Can Only be Accessed by Bridge
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Floating Waterfront Museums
Floating Waterfront Museums
The Astrup Fearnley Museet is Set in Oslo's Canals
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Magnificent Melodic Museums
Magnificent Melodic Museums
The Daeyang Gallery and House by Steven Holl is Euphonic to the Eyes
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Haute Honeycomb Museums
Haute Honeycomb Museums
The Contemporary Arts Center Cordoba by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos is Chic
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Pockmarked Monolithic Museums
Pockmarked Monolithic Museums
The Zoo Basel Ozeanium Looks Like an Eroded Underwater Boulder
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Sweet Tooth Museums
Sweet Tooth Museums
The Brendan Jamison Sugar Cube Replica of the London Tate Modern
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Bathtub-Shaped Museums
Bathtub-Shaped Museums
Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum Boasts a Fixture-Resembling Extension
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Stark Streamlined Galleries
Stark Streamlined Galleries
The Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects is Sleek and Simplistic
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Red-Topped Museums
Red-Topped Museums
The D.Gallery by Point b Design is a Nature-Surrounded Art Wonder
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Secret Lair Museums
Secret Lair Museums
This Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid Architechts Burrows Through a Cliff
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Inhabited Modernist Museums
Inhabited Modernist Museums
The Lyon Housemuseum is a Literal ‘Arthouse'
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Futuristic Cubed Museums
Futuristic Cubed Museums
The Nanjing Sifang Art Museum by Steven Holl Architects is Eye-Catching
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Sleek Spanish Galleries
Sleek Spanish Galleries
The El Greco Museum Work with an Antiquated XVI Century Home
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Fibrous Skyscraping Galleries
Fibrous Skyscraping Galleries
The Omotesando Street Fashion Museum Makes a Style Statement
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Cocoon-Inspired Galleries
Cocoon-Inspired Galleries
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is Distinctively Designed
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Temporary Scaffolding Museums
Temporary Scaffolding Museums
The Schaustelle Pavilion Will Be Home to Museum Installations
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Outdoor Eco-Museums
Outdoor Eco-Museums
Switzerland's Tree Museum is Dedicated to Preserving Rare Trees
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Interactive Museums
Interactive Museums
The Museo Archeologico Virtuale in Italy Has Virtual Floor Dust
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Cyborg Snake-Like Cultural Centers
Cyborg Snake-Like Cultural Centers
The Jeongok Prehistory Museum is Oddly Futuristic
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Obstruction-Free Museums
Obstruction-Free Museums
The Art Museum Gosta Demonstrates Spacial Innovation
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Golden Undulated Galleries
Golden Undulated Galleries
The Islamic Art Galleries at the Louvre Museum are Covered in Curves
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Artistic Outdoor Museums
Artistic Outdoor Museums
Brazil's ‘Inhotim' Art Zoo is a Masterpiece
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Obtrusive Orb Museums
Obtrusive Orb Museums
The Ordos Museum by MAD Architects is a Spectacle On the Outside as Well
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Refreshingly Rippled Museums
Refreshingly Rippled Museums
The Int'l School Museum of Flamenco is Fabulously Designed
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Futuristic Historical Hubs
Futuristic Historical Hubs
The Space Race Museum Memorializes the Quest to Outer Space
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Multi-Color Museums
Multi-Color Museums
Modern Art is Somewhere Over the Rainbow at Brandhorst Museum
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Porcelain Throne Galleries
Porcelain Throne Galleries
The Mr. Toilet House Toilet Museum is Now Open to the Public
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Buried Marine Museums (UPDATE)
Buried Marine Museums (UPDATE)
The Jason deCaires Taylor Underwater Sculptures are Impressive
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Tunneled Art Museums
Tunneled Art Museums
The Museum Liaunig Takes Artistry Underground
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Eco Museums
Eco Museums
San Francisco's Academy of Sciences
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Elegant Exotic Car Museums
Elegant Exotic Car Museums
Porsche Panache Set in New Stuttgart Showcase
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Monolithic Museums
Monolithic Museums
Diller Scofidio and Renfro Design an Epic Veiled Structure
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Quilled Cultural Centers
Quilled Cultural Centers
The Soaring Structure of Foster + Partners' Zayed National Museum
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Cliff-Hanging Cantilever Museums
Cliff-Hanging Cantilever Museums
The Wine Museum in Lavaux by Mauro Turin Architects is Extreme
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Sinuous Ribbon Museums
Sinuous Ribbon Museums
Winding Layers of Steel Craft the Design Museum Holon
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Indoor Forest Museums
Indoor Forest Museums
The Andrea Branzi Maribor Museum Takes Inspiration from the Forest
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Glass Monument Museums
Glass Monument Museums
The Salvador Dali Museum is a Piece of Architecture with Many Mediums
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Drive-In Museums
Drive-In Museums
China's Automobile Museum Never Makes You Get Out of the Car
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Graphic Novel Galleries
Graphic Novel Galleries
The MoCCA by Alessandro Ortiz and Reid Nystrom Conceive a Built Caricature
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