The best new museums in the world: Hot List 2022

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 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 fog-filled cinematic landscapes of the director, and guests are invited to lie down on a giant sculpture 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 (construction delays, censorship issues, etc.), but it finally opened in November 2021. M+ is now one of the busiest largest contemporary art museums in the world with 700,000 square feet. , and its visual impact begins long before you even enter the gates, with huge LED screens projecting moving images over Victoria Harbour. It currently has around 8,000 works, ranging from photographs by Ai Weiwei to an entire 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 culturally 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 get a lesson in in-depth story about lace in Antwerp, then turning the corner to find a few pieces from Kim Kardahian’s SKIMS shapewear line. Caitlin Morton

Munch – Oslo, Norway

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

Contemporary Art Museum 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 ship, one that landed on a field of rolling grasslands dotted with groves of eucalyptus. Like an ode to the landscape, the undulating structure rests on angled beams made from local eucalyptus trunks custom-made in France. On the pastoral perimeter are abstract marble sculptures sculpted by Pablo Atchugarry, the Uruguayan-born artist who orchestrated the entire 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 Ermesto Neto, and the other two are reserved at temporary international exhibitions. MACA’s opening in January kicked off with a retrospective of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, featuring fabric and rope-wrapped objects, drawings, drafts and photos depicting the duo’s extraordinary career. After touring this nearly 60,000 square foot destination, visitors can take a dip in the ocean: the beaches of Punta del Este are just a 10-minute drive away. Paola Singer

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