World's Best Museums

Get inspired in these creative and engaging museums from South Africa to San Francisco.

Journeys that spark the imagination can lead to revolutions in creativity. In 1966 a young Yves Saint Laurent discovered the beauty and colors of Marrakech, and became so enamored of the city that he made it his second home. Now, a half century later, the French designer’s Moroccan residence is showcasing his eclectic sensibility, with couture sketches, fabric swatches, and interiors inspired by the city’s vivid palette.

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum is one of several museums to debut in 2017. Each suggests that exhibits of the future will be as much about the experience of an object as about the object itself, pushing museums to expand in size and re-envision displays to engage, educate, and inspire visitors.

Here are 15 genre-shifting museums, from Seattle to South Africa, that are receiving attention for their daring designs and interactive offerings.