Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: A Cultural Icon on Saadiyat Island

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Discover the Inspiring Design and Features of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

What to Expect from the Museum in Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi is set to become home to one of the world’s most anticipated museums, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the museum draws inspiration from the UAE’s traditional wind towers and the surrounding landscape.

When completed, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be the largest of the four Guggenheim museums, occupying a 42,000 area and boasting clusters of galleries of different heights and shapes, as well as an educational facility for kids, a centre for art and technology, archives, a library, and a conservation laboratory.

The museum is owned by Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company but will be operated by the Guggenheim Foundation, which also manages the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s collection consists of over 500 works, focusing on global modern and contemporary artworks with an emphasis on works from West Asia, North Africa, and South Asia.

The museum aims to promote cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, highlighting points of intersection and transcultural exchange, examining specific contexts and histories, and recognizing truly distinctive achievements.

Construction is set to be completed in 2025, with doors opening soon thereafter. Visitors can look forward to special exhibitions, educational initiatives, and custom pieces commissioned from local and international artists.

The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be part of the Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, alongside notable landmarks such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abrahamic Family House, and the soon-to-open teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum, and Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi.


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