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The best new museums and galleries for 2011
  • America's Sunshine State might seem like an unlikely place to find the world's most substantial collection of Dali's art works. Yet this new $36 million-space in St Petersburg holds more pieces by the Spanish master than anywhere else in the world: 2,140 works including 96 oil paintings. For more information, visit thedali.org.
  • Liverpool's swanky new cultural space on its lovely Victorian dockside (due to open this summer) will tell the story of the city and demonstrate its unique global contribution. Exhibitions will showcase popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. Expect a substantial collection of Beatles memorabilia (rare Russian nesting Ringo dolls, anyone?). For more information, go to liverpoolmuseums.org.
  • MAS opens to baited breath this May, housing works from Antwerp's obsolete Ethnographic, National Shipping and Folklore museums. The launch of the long-awaited waterfront space is not simply the next "hot" European cultural hub but also an earnest attempt to show the world what a powerful port the Belgian city once was.
  • Just when you think the Gulf States' attempts to attract the tourist dollar can't get any more ostentatious, up pops another multi-gazillion dollar cultural monolith. This gallery looks like a floating palace and the treasures inside, rare calligraphy, jewellery and paintings from across the Islamic world, are just as fantastical. For more information, visit qma.com.qa.
  • Steven Spielberg put Kazimierz, Krakow's Jewish Ghetto on the map with the filming and release of Schindler's List. Housed in the metal goods factory where the eponymous German industrialist gave Jews employment to protect them, this new interactive museum tells the harrowing story of life in Poland during the Second World War.

  • This redbrick 19th century customs building, designed by the prolific Swedish architect responsible for Stockholm's iconic NK department store, made its debut as a photography gallery when it opened last summer with a major Annie Leibovitz retrospective. Alongside a huge programme of exhibitions, there are workshops, talks and what looks set to be the city's hippest new restaurant. Visit fotografiska.eu for more.
  • This spring, one of Bath's key cultural sites completes a three-year refurbishment programme. The impressive new contemporary extension to the Grade 1 Georgian Listed Building will accommodate much more of the Holburne Museum's extensive collection, including oils by Old Masters like William Hoare, Italian bronzes and ornate 17th century furniture. For more information, visit holburne.org.
  • Get up close and persönlich with Freud, Mozart, Johann Strauss and Arnold Schwarzenegger at Vienna's Prater Park this March when it opens the Austrian branch of Madame Tussaud's. And the promise is that will be no velvet ropes or bouncers to keep you from your waxy idols... so you're free to get as friendly as you like.The image shows some of the figures made and owned by Madame Tussauds.
  • The Eternal City's newest gallery comes with curvaceous architecture that's as show-stopping as the art it houses. Follow your nose around this space dedicated to art of the XXI (21st) century, as architect Zaha Hadid hasn't pre-ordained a route or chronology, making for a magical mystery tour of works by the likes of Warhol, Anish Kapoor and Gilbert and George. For more info, visit fondazionemaxxi.it.