4 exhibits to see this winter

Showcasing 18th-century masterpieces and a tribute to Dior

Though art is timeless, exhibits have a short life span. This winter, a handful of notable museums are presenting compelling new shows featuring rare collections, impressive retrospectives, and forward-thinking technology—only for a limited time.

Here, four exhibits worth the trip:

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  • Dior: From Paris to the World

    Dior: From Paris to the World

    Denver Art Museum, Denver
    On view until March 3, 2019

    In November, the museum débuted the first major U.S. retrospective of iconic French fashion house Dior following the show at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs. 

    Dior: From Paris to the World immerses visitors in the House of Dior’s 70 years of haute couture, global influence, and legacy, with artifacts like photographs, runway video, and, of course, clothing. There is a selection of 200 haute couture dresses in addition to other archival materials portraying the history of the brand, the legacy of its founder, Christian Dior, and the designers that have contributed to its continued modern success. 

    Where to stay: Book a room at the ART, a boutique hotel known for its modern artwork and installations, just one block away from the museum.
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  • Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

    The Royal BC Museum, Victoria, British Columbia
    On view until December 31, 2018

    The museum is the first in North America to show Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs. The exhibit has more than 300 original relics—many that are 4,500 years old—including ancient sculptures, a 4,000-year-old coffin, and ornate jewelry from the Ptolemaic period. Interactive displays illuminate aspects of everyday life in the ancient civilization, like burial rituals and religious beliefs.

    Where to stay: Located steps away from Victoria’s inner harbor (and less than ten minutes walk from the museum) the Magnolia Hotel & Spa is an elegant boutique option.
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  • The Orléans Collection

    The Orléans Collection

    New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans
    On view until January 27, 2019

    The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is the oldest fine art institution in the city and boasts a permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects—like works by famous artists like Monet, Picasso, and Degas—in addition to a five-acre sculpture garden. 

    In celebration of New Orleans’ tricentennial, NOMA is exhibiting the extraordinary collection of its namesake, Philippe II, Duke of Orléans. The Orléans Collection, which had been sold to various buyers after his death, includes rare, 18th-century masterpieces by famous artists like Rubens, Rembrandt, and Veronese. The exhibit will feature many of these works—the first time the paintings have been together in centuries. 

    Where to stay: 
    Windsor Court, a luxury hotel known for its $8 million art collection, is located a 15-minute drive from the museum, in the lively French quarter.
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  • Pompeii: The Exhibition

    Pompeii: The Exhibition

    Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California
    On view until April 21, 2019

    40 minutes north of Malibu, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library features permanent exhibitions—like the actual Air Force One aircraft and a full-size replica of the Oval Office—in addition to archives and special exhibits. There’s also an extremely unique experience available to visitors: a futuristic, 3D hologram of Reagan who appears in three scenes, including one with his holographic dog. 

    For Roman history buffs, Pompeii: The Exhibition is a must-see. It goes through the history of the famous city that was destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. The exhibit displays over 150 authentic, 2,000-year-old artifacts like coins, medical instruments, and armor, that were preserved in the Pompeii disaster. 

    Where to stay:  
    The Malibu Beach Inn is a gorgeous hotel located right on the sands of Carbon Beach less than an hour away from the museum.

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