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The New World Culture Map – Museums To Open In 2017

A new museum always kickstarts the cultural life of a city. And the new year will be one with many interesting and anticipated new arrivals arround the world!

Check our list with some of the most important museums to open in 2017 that will actually change the world’s culture map!

1. King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Following an invited architectural design competition in 2007, Snøhetta was selected to design this new prestigious cultural facility. Located in Dhahran in the Eastern Province the Cultural Center will provide for a wide range of activities serving the local population and becoming a cultural landmark on both a regional, national and global horizon.

When completed, the project will contain diverse cultural facilities, including an auditorium, cinema, library, exhibition hall, museum and archive. The auditorium will seat 930 visitors and will provide for a wide range of events ranging from opera, symphony concerts, musicals and lectures etc. Together with the smaller cinema, this will be an unrivalled venue for the performing arts in the Kingdom.

The library will become a center of learning containing some 200,000 books on open access and catering for all ages and categories of users.

The great exhibition hall will accommodate large scale travelling exhibitions, as well as providing the setting for social events, banquets and conferences. The museum and archive facilities connect the vibrant cultural life of the center to the past and to the very roots of the society from which this center is conceived.

Opening in the second half of 2017

2. Second World War Museum, Gdansk, Poland

The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk is a museum in Gdańsk, Poland which is devoted to World War II. The museum building is under construction with planned opening date in early 2017.

The Museum of the Second World War is being built on a lot on Wałowa Street, near the centre of the city. It will be located in a symbolic architectural space which is also historical significance – it is 3 kilometres across the water from Westerplatte Peninsula, which was attacked in September 1939.

Construction is scheduled for completion in 2014. The space reserved for the permanent exhibition will exceed 7,000 square metres. This exhibition will use the most modern methods available to present the Second World War not from a grand, political perspective, but primarily through the fates of ordinary people. It will not be limited to the experiences of Poles, but will also recount those of other nations.

The main exhibition is conceived as a cluster of three narrative blocs. “The road to war” will focus on depicting the political powers, the logic behind and intrinsic force of totalitarian regimes, and their strategies of shaping mentalities that resulted in the outbreak of war. Another theme, “The horrors of war”, gathers together archives, stories and artefacts that describe the lives of ordinary people. This part of the exhibition provides an overview of acts of resistance, citizens’ ways of surviving in occupied cities, and also the atrocities and crimes of the Second World War. It covers the Holocaust and other cases of genocide. The third part of the exhibition, “The war’s long shadow”, highlights the key long-term effects of the war. It presents the processes and consequences of post-war politics that have established new frontiers in Eastern and Central Europe, as well as post-war migrations and resettlements.

Apart from the main exhibition space, 1,000 square metres will be devoted to temporary shows. The museum’s mission is also to serve as a centre for education, culture and research. In June 2011, the museum opened an educational walk on Westerplatte, with many informational boards with historical photographs, etchings and maps along the path.

The museum organizes travelling exhibitions. In February, “Routes of Liberation: European Legacies of the Second World War” was hosted by the European Parliament. The exhibition considers how we have lost our freedoms during the past century, and how we regained our personal liberties and how to preserve them.
The museum also supports research into the memory of World War II, and has published 20 titles to date.