Sometimes a building is like an architectural alien. The bizarrely-shaped museums in these photographs are so different from the city around them that it's as if they erupted out of a dimensional doorway from another universe.

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, completed in 1996.

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, Bilbao, Spain, 1997.

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Experience Music Project Museum, designed by Frank O. Gehry Seattle, Washington, 2000

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The Quadrucci Pavilion of Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by Santiago Calatrava, opened in 2001

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Kunsthaus Graz (also known as the Graz Art Museum or the Friendly Alien), designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, opened in Graz, Austria, 2003.

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Dalian Shell Museum, designed by DUT, Dalian, China, 2003

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Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry, Los Angeles, California, opened in 2003

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The Denver Art Museum Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, opened in 2006, Denver, Colorado

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Theatre Agora, Lelystad, Netherlands, designed by UNStudio, opened in 2007

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The Michael Lee-Chin Chrystal at Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, designed by Daniel Libeskind, opened in 2007.

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The Macao Science Center, designed by Pei Partnership Architects, Macau, China, 2009.

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Centre Pompidou-Metz, designed by Shigeru Ban, Metz, France, 2010.

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Design Museum Holon, by Ron Arad Architects Ltd. in Holon, Israel, 2010

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Ordos Art & City Museum in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, designed by MAD Architects, completed in 2011.

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The Museo Soumaya (Soumaya Art Museum), designed by Fernando Romero, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011

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