The Louvre

The 20 Most Beautiful Museums in the World


[Editor’s note: It’s Labor Day, so your devoted Flavorwire team is taking a break. To keep you entertained, we’re leaving you with our most popular features of the summer months. This post originally ran July 7th.]
This week, we were blown away by this gorgeous concept for a “spiral garden museum” in Taipei, which sadly didn’t make it into the final round of the design competition and thus will never become a reality. Though we’re disappointed, the project reminded us of the gloriously beautiful museums that already exist in our wide world, so to bind our wounds over the Taipei garden museum (and to indulge in a little architecture candy) we’ve collected twenty of the most lovely here. After all, what better way to store and display some of the world’s greatest artwork than in a structure as well-designed and beautiful as the art itself? Click through to see our picks for the most beautiful museums from all over the world, and if we’ve missed your favorite — or if the Guggenheim makes you gag — let us know which ones you’d choose in the comments!
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo remains in a hospital in Amsterdam, NY following a tour bus accident yesterday. Remaining dates from the December Raditude Tour have been officially cancelled. [via TwentyFourBit]
2. The Zhu Zhu robotic hampster, the impossible to find toy that all the kids are asking for this season, may contain “toxic… Read More

Reader Poll: Should McDonald’s Shack Up with the Louvre?


The Telegraph reports that a McDonald’s restaurant and McCafé are set to open in the Louvre museum next month, a move that makes many museum staffers, already disgruntled because of the Abu Dhabi spin-off, very unhappy. According to one art historian, who preferred to remain anonymous: “This is the last straw. This is the pinnacle of exhausting consumerism, deficient gastronomy and very unpleasant odors in the context of a museum.” Heh. So, what do you think?

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