Note-Worthy Museums

© 2012 Anish Kapoor / ARS, New York / DACS, London

Two talked-about institutions, one in Spain and the other in New Zealand.

Gibbs Farm, New Zealand

Since its conception in 1991 in North Auckland’s Kaipara Harbour, the 1,000-acre sculpture park has evolved to become a set piece out of a Tim Burton fantasy. One can imagine a hero wandering through Anish Kapoor’s arresting red steel-frame tube (pictured here) to emerge victorious on the other side, or looking to Neil Dawson’s metal trompe l’oeil sheet atop a hill as a beacon in the distance. Visits by appointment only once a month; gibbsfarm.org.nz.

Balenciaga Museum, Spain

Getaria, just west of San Sebastián, seems an unlikely location for a museum dedicated to Cristóbal Balenciaga. But it turns out the couturier was born in this fishing village, and today the year-and-a-half-old museum, in an old palacio with a glass-and-steel annex by architect Julián Argilagos, overflows with royal gowns, miles of couture and ready-to-wear and the occasional stewardess uniform. At Aldamar Parkea 6; cristobalbalenciagamuseoa.com.