Okay, we’re starting with a reopening, not an opening, technically, but this building is so gorgeous… it’s worth it. Hosted in one of the UK’s oldest surviving synagogues (the oldest is Bevis Marks in London), this £6 million refurb was long overdue. Open since 1874, The Jewish Museum was created by the Sephardi Jews who came to Manchester from Spain and Portugal. It’s now a spectacular exhibition space, but the real draws are the exterior, which is clad in stunning, shimmering bronze, and the Moorish-inspired art inside.
It’s unlikely that 2021 is going to be remembered for things opening, let’s be honest. The headlines were dominated by the pandemic, of course, and most of us were locked down or avoiding crowded places. So it’s not exactly like cultural institutions had the best environment to start experimenting in. And yet, some really very cool new museums and galleries did open their doors for the very first time.
As part of this year’s Time Out Love Local Awards, we asked you to name the best cultural spots that you heard about in 2021. Here are all the award winners, along with a handful of other standout places that cropped up across the globe this year. Whether it’s a tiny comedy club in New York or the spectacular LUMA exhibition space in the south of France, 2021 has actually been an incredible year for culture.