From the London Museum of Photography to Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum, here are the openings—and reopenings—you need to know about in 2018.
2017 was a big year for new museum openings and expansions. In the US, the former Santa Monica Museum of Art re-opened as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The similarly named (but unrelated) Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami made its proper debut, and the Bass Museum moved into its new digs down the road. And not all the action was stateside: The Louvre Abu Dhabi launched in the United Arab Emirates, the new Tate outpost opened in Cornwall, and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa was inaugurated in Cape Town.
To be sure, 2017 will be hard to top, but 2018 has a few blueprints up its sleeve. We may not see the same number of new arrivals, but there are some big-time expansions and new operations worth keeping an eye on, including two new institutions dedicated to photography and the long-awaited arrival of the world’s largest archeological museum in Africa.
So as you put 2017 in the rear view, here is our guide to the most interesting museum openings—and re-openings—in 2018:
One of Eight major openings:
6. Photography Centre at the Victoria & Albert Museum