open-air museums around the world

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Musée Rodin

Paris, France

Before its inauguration, in 1919, this museum, installed in the imposing Hôtel Biron, served as a studio for French artist Auguste Rodin. These days, its garden is home to famous works by the sculptor, including The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell. Meanwhile, the indoor collection features paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and even Monet: only art blockbusters.

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The Fields Sculpture Park

New York, USA

Run by Omi International Arts Center, The Fields Sculpture Park is located by the banks of the Hudson River and focuses on contemporary art. Each year, they select 50 to 100 artists for a residency program. The result is a 60-hectare area filled with permanent and temporary interventions, all as grandiose as the locale itself.

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Giardino dei Tarocchi

Tuscany, Italy

The Fool, the Magician and other tarot images are the protagonists at this museum in Garavicchio, located 75 miles [120 km] from Rome. Founded by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, Giardino dei Tarocchi features 22 large sculptures representing the Major Arcana in the mystical deck, all covered in ceramic mosaics and mirrors.
 

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Château de Lacoste

Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France

This museum combines art, architecture and an old vocation of the region: wine! Opened in 2011, Château de Lacoste has works by such artists as Frank O. Gehry and Tunga in its collection, in addition to state-of-the-art cellars designed by renowned architects, where you can sample wines produced in the region.

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Storm King Art Center

New York, USA

Located an hour from Manhattan, this center is only open from May to November. An unusual activity in New York, where you can interact with such works as Mermaid by Roy Lichtenstein and Suspended by Menashe Kadishman, two enormous steel blocks in a gravity-defying balance – one seems to be suspended over the audience. 

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Sculpture Garden

Washington DC, USA

Adjacent to the National Gallery of Art building, the Sculpture Garden is known for its native American species, its ice rink and, of course, its interesting art collection. There, visitors get to see famous works, like Spider by Louise Bourgeois and the sculpture AMOR by Robert Indiana.

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Parque de Las Esculturas, Fundación Pablo Atchugarry

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Lake, woods and fields filled with interactive installations are the highlight at this foundation in Uruguay. The events lineup includes movie screenings and concerts. In the summer, the festival Música entre Naturaleza y Arte provides the soundtrack for late afternoons – an invitation to explore more than just Punta del Este’s paradisiacal coast.
 

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Oficina Brennand

Recife, Brazil

Artist Francisco Brennand chose this old pottery to install his shop in 1971. Ever since then, it has received hundreds of new sculptures – with any luck, you’ll get to see Brennand working there. The garden designed by Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx is another highlight.
 

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Yorkshire, England

More experimental than other places of its kind, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is home to works by new names, including British artist Haroon Mirza, who specializes in new media, and New Yorker KAWS, who elevated toy art design to the status of museum piece. 

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Instituto Inhotim

Brumadinho, Brazil

On the one hand, this art complex has galleries completely dedicated to contemporary artists, like Adriana Varejão and Tunga. On the other hand, it’s a tropical park with a Botanical Garden that contains roughly 5,000 plant species. Since its opening in 2006, Inhotim has received over 2.5 million visitors.