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Thursday, 22 March 2018

8 of the Most Beautiful Museum Staircases in the World

Whether at the Neue Galerie or the Rijksmuseum, these staircases will make you linger around the museum for reasons aside from the art on the walls
Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, Pittsburgh
Considered one of the country’s first museums to highlight contemporary art, the Carnegie Museum boasts a commanding grand staircase that soars three stories high. Now a museum focal point, the stairs were added in 1907 as part of a new addition to the original Carnegie Institute building.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Known for its impressive holdings of Dutch Golden Age paintings, including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, the Rijksmuseum is home to the country’s largest public art history research library—and a seriously vertiginous spiral staircase.
Rubin Museum, New York City
Though this museum is devoted to the collection and preservation of art from the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions, its architecture is a nod to its New York roots. The museum is housed in what was originally a Barneys New York department store, and the spiral staircase is a vestige of its retail past.
Neue Galerie, New York City
The crown jewel of this Upper East Side museum is arguably the portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt. But for those visiting the Woman in Gold, the museum’s staircase is also worth a look. The grand stairway speaks to the buildings opulent history: It was constructed in 1914 by New York Public Library architects Carrère & Hastings for industrialist William Starr Miller and later belonged to Cornelius Vanderbilt III.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Now through September 2, visitors to this palatial museum can come face-to-face with a pictorial cycle by Gustav Klimt—a decorative element of the museum’s main staircase that depicts significant periods in art history—thanks to a temporary stairway built to mark the centenary of the artist’s death.
Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Designed by Yann Weymouth of HOK, the whimsy of this building reflects that of its namesake, the Surrealist Salvador Dalí. Among the museum’s many fantastical architectural elements is its winding, helical staircase.
Vatican Museum, Vatican City
The Bramante Staircase is one of the most recognizable and most photographed stairways in the world. This confounding, snail-like structure was built in 1932 by Giuseppe Momo and actually comprises two staircases—one going up, one going down.
Pompidou Centre, Paris
Unlike the other staircases on our list, the stairs of this iconic French museum are located on the exterior of the building, helping to decongest its interior spaces. The utopian-inspired design is the brainchild of star architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, who envisioned the structure as an “evolving spatial diagram.”
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