You should extend at least a page of your “places to
go before I die” list. There are countless jaw-dropping attractions that are about to open their doors this year. The list below are some of the places CNN has selected for tourists in search of the next big thing.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
For many, the country named Abu Dhabi might not be familiar. This oil-rich country
spent $525 million solely to be associated with the Louvre brand. In total, it was a 1,272 million investment. Everything from the domed exterior, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, signifies Abu Dhabi’s great ambition for this project. The museum will decorate its walls with the big names like Van Gogh, Monet and da Vinci.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MoMA)
This May, the largest Modern Art museum will open its door to the public. With being more than 20,000 square feet larger than the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, It will glamorously boast its value to the world. The architecture firm Snohetta got its inspiration from San Francisco’s ever-present fog.
Ark Encounter: Life-size Noah’s Ark (Kentucky, United States)
If you are religious, or perhaps have somehow overheard the story of Noah, and might have wondered what the Ark would look in real life, you should go visit the Ark Encounter. Noah’s Ark-themed park will open this July in Kentucky where it will feature the full-scale replica of Noah’s ark. This largest wooden structure in the world cost $92 million dollars to build. Now, those who were about to embark on their religious trips to Mecca, do not have to go far.
Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai, China)
On June 16th, Walt Disney and his all-time-favorite characters will finally arrive at their destination half-way across the world. The resort will feature six theme parks that are rather familiar to the “Disney-lovers” such as Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. In addition, there will be new ones like the Gardens of Imagination will feature seven Chinese-themed gardens and rides.
FIFA World Football Museum (Zurich, Switzerland)
To all the soccer fans out there, just the name of this place will give you the chills. The approximated cost to build this museum is about $177 million, and it is set to have more than 1,000 exclusive exhibits dedicated to sports. The creative director David Ausseil remarked that at the museum’s heart, there will be the “Mona Lisa” of the museum — the World Cup trophy.
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Edited by Sooahn Ko