Top Exhibits of 2012

I’ve been featuring several museum exhibit openings on TravelHyper. I wanted to make sure to have one big post featuring some key exhibits all year long so you can plan your travels for the rest of the year. If you know of some upcoming exhibits that aren’t featured here, leave a note or email me at [email protected] so I can include it.

I’ll be including some longer profiles of some of these exhibits as they come up. I’ll include final details of the exhibits and update this master list to link to the full exhibit info. That way you can just bookmark this post and check back each month to see what new exhibits or exhibit information have been added.

Already Open

Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Sydney, Australia

Harry Potter: The Exhibition is at the Powerhouse Museum now until April 9, 2012. The exhibit was so popular it was extended by a week. Check out our feature on the exhibit.

Opening the Vault: Mummies in Chicago, Illinois

Opening the Vault: Mummies is at the Chicago Field Museum from now until April 22, 2012. The exhibit includes 20 mummified remains from Peru and Egypt and the CT scans that virtually unwrap them. See the full TravelHyper exhibit profile.

High Art Museum Picasso to Warhol

Campbell's Soup Cans, Andy Warhol at Picasso to Warhol now through April 29, 2012

Picasso to Warhol in Atlanta, Georgia

Picasso to Warhol is still at the High Museum until April 29, 2012. The Picasso to Warhol exhibit features the art of Picasso, Mondrian, Matisse, Chirico, Pollock, Calder, Beardon, Brancusi, Bourgeois, Johns, Leger, Duchamp, Miro, and Warhol. You can see my visit to the High Museum to see this exhibit during my Atlanta vacation.

Van Gogh Up Close in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Van Gogh Up Close is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from now until May 6, 2012. The exhibit includes pieces from the end of Van Gogh’s life when he began experimenting with new techniques. See the full TravelHyper exhibit profile.

Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves in Washington DC

Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves is at The National Museum of the American Indian until May 9, 2012. This exhibit seeks to correct the inaccuracies portrayed in the Twilight saga by showing the real Quileute history. See the TravelHyper exhibit profile for more details.

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde in New York City

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde is currently at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art now until June 3, 2012. The exhibit features art collected by 3 siblings at the beginning of the 2oth century. Over 200 pieces are included in the exhibit, including pieces from their close friends, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

A Day in Pompeii in Cincinnati, Ohio

A Day in Pompeii just opened at the Cincinnati Museum Center and sticks around until August 31, 2012. While many exhibits focus on the body casts, this exhibit uses the body casts to tell a story of daily life in the city pre-volcano.

Genghis Khan in Chicago, Illinois

Genghis Khan will be at the Field Museum in Chicago from now until September 3, 2012. The exhibit features the largest collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled. See the full TravelHyper exhibit profile.

Play Ball! The St. Louis Cardinals in Little Rock, Arkansas

Play Ball! The St. Louis Cardinals is at the William J Clinton Presidential Center until September 16, 2012. The exhibit honors the latest World Series Champions with 100 pieces of memorabilia. Some items will only be there for portions of the exhibit’s run, including the 2011 World Series trophy, a 2011 World Series ring, and Stan Musial’s newly restored uniform.

Yves Saint Laurent "Paris Rose", one of the pieces at the Denver Art Museum this March

Opening March 2012

The Art of Video Games in Washington DC

The Art of Video Games opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum March 16, 2012 and runs through September 30, 2012. The exhibit covers the advancements of video game graphics since Atari in the 70s and uses 80 video games to show the art of storytelling through gaming.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective in Denver, Colorado

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum runs March 25, 2012 through July 8, 2012. The exhibit covers the designer’s work from Dior to drawings to 200 haute couture garments. This is the only American stop for the exhibit.

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, opens in Ottawa May 2012

Opening May 2012

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris in Ottawa, Ontario

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is scheduled to run at the Art Gallery of Ontario May 1, 2012 through August 26, 2012. It features 147 paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings by Picasso.

The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia in Victoria, Australia

The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia at the Melbourne Museum runs May 4, 2012 through October 7, 2012. The exhibit includes items from the British Museum with over 170 artifacts from the cradle of civilization.

King Tut: The Exhibition in Seattle, Washington

King Tut: The Exhibition heads to Seattle’s Pacific Science Center May 24, 2012 through January 6, 2013 for its last North American leg. The exhibit was previously in Houston (featured here), Australia, and Minnesota.

Van Gogh Up Close in Ottawa, Ontario

Van Gogh Up Close runs at the National Gallery of Canada from May 25, 2012 through September 3, 2012. The exhibit includes pieces from the end of Van Gogh’s life when he began experimenting with new techniques. This is the same exhibit that was featured in Philadelphia earlier in the year.

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination in Wichita, Kansas

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination will be at Exploration Place May 26, 2012 through September 3, 2012. This exhibit was previously featured when it was in Seattle and Houston.

a day in pompeii

A Day in Pompeii in Cincinnati through August and opens in Denver in September

Opening September 2012

A Day in Pompeii in Denver, Colorado

A Day in Pompeii at the Denver Museum of Nature & Sciences opens September 14, 2012 and should stay until some time in January 2013. This is the same exhibit that was featured at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Becoming Van Gogh at the Denver Art Museum October 2012

Opening October 2012

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination in Orlando, Florida

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination will be at the Orlando Science Center October 13, 2012 through March 17, 2013. This exhibit was previously featured when it was in Seattle and Houston and in May it will be in Kansas.

Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting in Ottawa, Ontario

Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting runs at the Art Gallery of Ontario October 20, 2012 through January 20, 2013. It includes 75 pieces by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera focusing on their interest in Mexican and Communist politics.

Becoming Van Gogh in Denver, Colorado

Becoming Van Gogh at the Denver Art Museum runs October 21, 2012 through January 20, 2013. While an exhibit in Philadelphia covers the end of Van Gogh’s career, this exhibit focuses on the beginning of his career.

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