If the first few months have been any indication, 2016 going to be another stellar year for art, architecture, and amusement parks. The most buzzed-about new openings range from offshoots of iconic art museums in unexpected places to a modern food hall in a most holy setting.
And some aren't all that new at all: Restoration efforts at the ruins of Pompeii, in Italy, have yielded at least six additional structures that are now open to the public, giving visitors a reason to revisit the millennia-old city destroyed by a volcanic eruption.
On the other end of the spectrum, however, are gleaming starchitect-helmed structural wonders that seem transported from the future, and are destined to join an elite class of architectural icons of the 21st century. Consider New York City’s otherworldly World Trade Center Transportation hub—a sculptural, bone-white train station courtesy Santiago Calatrava—or the the bulbous sphere jutting out of OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center. Not to mention the David Adjaye–designed National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
It’s poised to be a banner year for amusement park junkies, too. West Coast Harry Potter fans no longer have to ride their brooms all the way to Orlando for a tour of Hogwarts, as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter joins the roster at Universal Studios Hollywood this spring. The long flight to China will be worth it to experience the one-of-a-kind rides at Shanghai Disneyland, opening this summer. And in keeping with Dubai’s tendency to go big or go bigger, the city is debuting a host of new theme parks this year—one of which is home to the first-ever Hunger Games attraction.
This year, you’ll come to expect unlikely pairings: a new Louvre is coming to Abu Dhabi, a glossy food hall is moving into a historic church in Belgium, and Greece is getting ready to unveil a grand new opera house and national library. From culture vultures to football fanatics to aspiring wizards, there’s a dream destination for everyone this year.