World's Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2011
ArtScience Museum, Singapore
Singapore has gone on a recent building spree, rolling out a casino, a river safari, rooftop sky-parks, lush beer gardens, eco hotels, and even a floating Louis Vuitton Island. Even so, Marina Bay Sands' ArtScience Museum, which opened in February 2011, stands out among all the glitz and hype. Designed by Moshe Safdie to illustrate the symbiotic relationship of art, science, and technology, the lotus-shaped museum has a roof that transforms rainwater into a central atrium waterfall and pond, plus 50,000 square feet of glimmering gallery space for exhibits like "Leonardo da Vinci's Flying Machine" that attempt to bridge art and science.