7 Special Museum Exhibitions We’re Excited to See in 2018

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Stories January 26, 2018 Featured Image

Twenty-eighteen? More like twenty-GREATeen – especially for museum lovers.

If you’ve already given up on your New Year’s resolution or never got around to having one in the first place, we’ve got you covered: you should resolve to see one (or more!) of these awesome upcoming exhibitions.

We’ve handily organized them in chronological order by opening date, so all you’ve got to do is find a way to get there.

Warhol: Flowers in the Factory

Where: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL, USA

When: 11 February – 30 June 2018

Cost: $20 USD (for the entire site)

A garden isn’t the first place you’d expect to find Andy Warhol. Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, cans of soup – these are the iconic images we associate with the Pop Art genius. But did you know he also produced more than 10,000 images of flowers?

This immersive new exhibition not only features prints and photographs by Warhol himself, but also living plant and garden art designed to reflect his work. We love the idea of mixing art culture with horticulture – gardens can be museums too!


Where: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

When: 27 March – 31 October 2018

Cost: ₪54 ILS

There’s no false advertising with the title of this exhibition, but some of the details might still surprise you.

Israeli artist Gil Marco Shani will turn two levels of the Israel Museum into an imaginary bus depot and parking lot, complete with tour buses and simulated sound and temperature effects. The entire installation is an immersive optical illusion with the intention of drawing the visitor into an intriguing place where ‘anything might happen’.

Museums can even make a bus depot sound awesome.

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008 – 2018

Where: The Design Museum, London, UK

When: 28 March – 12 August 2018

Cost: TBC (£23 GBP for an all-exhibitions ticket)

A major exhibition featuring the political impact of memes and hashtags? #blessed.

Hope to Nope will explore how public engagement with politics has transformed in the past decade and the ongoing role graphic design plays in this evolution. From the 2008 financial crash, to the Arab Spring, Brexit, Trump, and beyond, the exhibition promises to feature memes, hashtags, and other social media phenomena alongside more traditional posters and placards. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the rest of the shiny new Design Museum – it just opened in 2017.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

Where: Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, UK

When: 1 June – 28 October 2018

Cost: TBC

Museums joining forces pop culture is a growing trend. From exhibitions on Harry Potter, Pink Floyd and Titanic the Movie to our own Game of Thrones and Harry Potter tours, pop culture connections can help museums tap into new audiences and explore collections in unexpected ways.

Those are just some of the reasons we think the upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien exhibition will be awesome. It promises to explore Tolkien’s life and work by bringing together rare artifacts and documents from around the world, including original manuscripts of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.


Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

When: 8 September 2018 – 24 February 2019

Cost: TBC

Museums aren’t just stuck in the past, and this upcoming exhibition at the V&A is a perfect example. The 40-odd year history of video games has been explored before, but this exhibition will reboot the theme by focusing on modern gaming design and culture since the mid-2000s. It will also explore the player communities and political conversations that have transformed gaming from a simple pastime into a way of life.

We can’t wait to see what cool immersive experiences this exhibition will bring – just as long as it isn’t Nintendo Thumb.

The Pose: Nineteenth-Century French Sculpture

Where: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

When: 26 October 2018 – 4 February 2019

Cost: €5 EUR

We love to see weird poses in great art – the epic selfie opportunities are endless.

That’s why we’re so excited about this upcoming exhibition celebrating the pose in sculpture. Bringing together objects from the Gulbenkian’s own collection and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Denmark, this exhibition will be the first of its kind. Featuring works by Rodin, Degas, and many more, we’re already getting our power stances and fig leaves ready in anticipation.


Where: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, Canada

When: 15 December 2018 – TBC

Cost: TBC ($20 CAD for general admission)

What could be more epic than discovering a new species of dinosaur?

Naming it after a character from Ghostbusters!

A group of Royal Ontario Museum scientists accidentally discovered Zuul crurivastator, a new species of armoured herbivore, while digging up a tyrannosaur skeleton in Montana. The name is a combination of the monster from the 1984 film Ghostbusters because of its similar appearance, and the Latin term for ‘breaker of shins’.

Now an exhibition will feature the skeleton and the lost world it inhabited millions of years ago. It’s not every day you get to meet a new dinosaur, especially one with such an epic name.

The tip of the iceberg

This list only scratches the surface of all the cool exhibitions museums have planned for this 2018. Did we miss the one you’re most excited for this year? Share it with us!

written with 💖 by Ashleigh Hibbins

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