The Humboldt Forum, opened on 17 December—the enormous, 42,000 square metre addition to Museum Island is set to stage around 1,000 events and exhibitions when the full programme is rolled out. For now, at least, the museum is opening in stages, with an exhibition on the history of the German capital among the first to go on show. humboldtforum.org
Opening in early 2021, the National Museum of African American Music is said to be the world’s only museum devoted to the musical contributions of African Americans. From the Great Migration and jazz and blues to the present day, it’s set to be a timely celebration through expertly curated exhibitions, of how African Americans have shaped the soundtrack of the United States. nmaam.org
Cutting a modern dash by the water in Bjørvika, MUNCH will be home to the largest collection of works by Edvard Munch. When it opens in 2021, the museum will delve into the Expressionist’s vast repertoire, with paintings, drawings and photographs from a 45,000-strong collection bequeathed to the city on his death in 1944. munchmuseet.no
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While the collection at the former Geffrye Museum is still as fascinating as ever, it’s undergone a huge transformation to become the new Museum of the Home. It’ll soon boast new galleries, extended exhibition spaces and a reading room when it reopens in the spring. The pretty Gardens Through Time outdoor space and new café will make it a plum spot to while away an afternoon. museumofthehome.org.uk
The opening of Sigmund Freud’s private rooms with a photo exhibition is a new chance to take a closer look into his life and work. The psychoanalyst spent 47 years at Berggasse 19 before fleeing to London ahead of the Second World War, and his former home has been the Sigmund Freud Museum since 1971. The emptiness of the rooms is part of the point: it’s a poignant reminder of exile and freedom. freud-museum.at
Leading the charge in Perth’s emerging cultural district, the Western Australian Museum sees 19th-century heritage buildings revamped with cutting-edge architecture. It’s not just about the looks—inside are eight new permanent galleries exploring the state’s past, present and future. museum.wa.gov.au
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