Museums Are Opening In 2019
Each new year ushers in new offerings; museum openings are among them. 2019 will welcome in new attractions within this sector, as new buildings or new additions are anticipated to open their doors and greet visitors with a variety of memorabilia, masterpieces or magnificent finds or collections. Here is a roundup of museums set to open in 2019.
Statue of Liberty Museum, New York, New York
Scheduled to open in May 2019, the new 26,000-square-foot, Statue of Liberty Museum will be home to the statue’s original torch – to be housed behind 22 feet high glass walls - and have unobstructed views of Lady Liberty within its state-of-the-art LEED gold certified building with a green roof. The $100 million museum will contain interactive displays, museum galleries and an immersive theater experience. As for its building materials, the Statue of Liberty Museum is being constructed with the same granite, bronze and copper that 19th-century architect Richard Morris Hunt incorporated in the statue’s pedestal. Its roof is planted with native meadow grasses to create a natural habitat for local and migrating birds.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, California
An exact date has not been announced as of yet but in 2019 the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is apparently coming soon with its mission of exploring the art and science of movies and the film industry. The 300,000-square-foot museum and film center will hold state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas and special event spaces. Permanent exhibits will delve into the creative process of filmmaking along with a mix of temporary exhibitions. A long-term exhibit with the working title, “Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies,” takes over two floors with key objects from the collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an array of projected multi-screen film presentations.
Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, St. Petersburg, Florida
Anticipated to open in the summer of 2019, this $90 million, privately funded museum will celebrate this late 19th- and early 20th-century artistic movement by showcasing the collection of local businessman and collector Rudy Ciccarello. Pieces will encompass metalwork, lighting, pottery, tile, furniture, photography and other decorative arts. Standing five stories tall and having 137,000 square feet, the museum is said to be comprised of granite from South America and feature bronze detailing. Its interior will contain an atrium, a circular staircase and 40,000 square feet of gallery space along with a 100-seat auditorium, resource library, children’s education center, 9,000-square-foot destination restaurant, café, retail store, graphic arts studio and event space.
National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar
Opening on March 28, 2019, in downtown Doha, this national museum will be the centerpiece of Qatar’s past, present and future with a focus on the country’s history, heritage and culture. With its design by architect Jean Nouvel said to have drawn inspiration from a desert rose, the building will hold a 220-seat auditorium, two retail outlets, two restaurants and a café, a dedicated food forum preserving culinary traditions, research center and laboratories and a park with indigenous plants. Visitors will see exhibitions combining historic objectives and contemporary components, with entire walls becoming cinematic screens and handheld mobile devices guiding people through thematic displays.
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, Dallas, Texas
Set for September 2019, this museum will have gone from being within the ground floor of a Jewish community center to opening its doors in Dallas’ West End district as a 55,000-square-foot facility. This museum will have an expanded examination of the Holocaust with dozens of video testimonies from Dallas area survivors, along with new, in-depth technology-enriched exhibits on genocide, human rights issues and American ideals. Its layout will feature a feature a Cinemark XD 250-seat theater, two classrooms, a temperature-controlled library and archive, and a special reflection and memorial area for visitors that is over three floors.