9 Marvelous Museums Around The World
Musee des Instruments de Musique (MIM)
With a collection of some 6,000 historical musical instruments to choose from, MIM can put on a show of astonishing range and quality. Three other factors work in its favour: the museum is housed in a beautifully renovated Art Nouveau building, formerly a department store; headphones bring the musical instruments alive; and the view over Brussels from the rooftop restaurant is unparalleled.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
The Zaha Hadid-designed futuristic structure, featuring a curvaceous metallic facade that is lit up by night, is one of Seoul’s greatest modern landmarks. The grounds of the multicultural complex house a number of art and design venues including a design museum and other gallery/ exhibition spaces, design shops, plus an eco¬friendly park.
Museo Atlantico, an underwater collection of more than 300 sculptural works by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, opened to the public earlier this year. The installations can be found 14 metres beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean in Bahia de Las Coloradas (Coloradas Bay), off the south coast of Lanzarote. The site spans an area of 2,500 square metres and can be explored by scuba divers or from glass-bottomed boats.
National Palace Museum
A showcase for over 600,000 artefacts that were transported for safekeeping from mainland China to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War, Taipei’s National Palace Museum is a sprawling repository for some^of-the most exquisite Chinese artworks and crafts in existence. Its collection holds exceptional collections of jades, ceramics and lacquerware, alongside more unexpected exhibits – look out for a cabbage made of coloured glass (beloved by the Taiwanese) and an intricately detailed, miniature boat, carved from an olive pit. npm.gov.tiv/en