World's Hottest Museums for 2014

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Planning to visit a few up-and-coming museums this year? In addition to the great ones you already know, these newcomers attract with striking architecture and thought-provoking exhibits. Moreover, they are a benefit to their neighborhoods, drawing in fashionable new lodgings, restaurants, and galleries.


Read on to see how art and architecture go hand in hand in Miami and small-town Arkansas is making a bold statement to the art world. Plus, we've included Antwerp's prequel to Ellis Island, a poignant fiction-to-reality collection in Istanbul, and more.

Perez Art Museum Miami and Art Wynwood, Miami, Florida

Miami's newest art installation bridges downtown and the beach at the sparkling new Perez Art Museum Miami. Leafy columns of jungle plants grow down from the museum's ivory and glass eaves like green pillars. Blue waters lap the adjacent shores, and folks gather on the grassy lawn to take in the beauty. Step inside to view Hew Locke's exhibit of watery vessels suspended from the rafters facing the sea, then move on to Ai Weiwei's irreverent sculptures of creatures.

Don't leave town without discovering Miami's other hot, edgy exhibits. This month's Art Wynwood celebration showcases the district's larger-than-life pop art murals. From February 13–17, the finest graffiti artists from around the world paint on the famed Wynwood Walls while this five-day arts event turns the midtown community into an avant-garde fair.

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