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World's Most Beautiful Museums

Guggenheim: New York City

Frank Lloyd Wright’s spiraling reinforced concrete is a triumph of modern architecture. But back in the 1950s, his design was so foreign as a use for a museum that it had to be executed by a builder with a background in constructing parking garages. The sleek spirals are the ramps in the museum’s interior that lead visitors from exhibit to exhibit and allow for unique displays of art. While the building itself is a piece of art—a kind of inverted ziggurat—some artists see the museum as a challenging place to display work.

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