Top 10 Best Museums Around the World

Top 10 Best Museums Around the World

When you go visit Paris, Rome, New York City or London, don’t miss an opportunity to go to the world-famous museums. The finest masterpieces created in human history are housed in these sanctuaries. Take a look at our top 10 of the week.

10. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA

One of a kind the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex. It comprises 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and the so called research stations. That being said, it provides a well rounded educational experience for its visitors.

Why to go there?

The exhibition ranges from the historic items of the political figures and natural history items including the Hope Diamond, to the Apollo 11 module at the space museum.

smithsonian Photo from Skift

Photo from Skift

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Photo from Foster and Partners

9. The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

The gallery houses a vast collection of the finest Renaissance masters. In addition the visitors get to admire works from the Medieval, Baroque and Mannerist eras.

Why to go there?

“The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli is one of the most famous items in this gallery.

Uffizi Gallery, primary art museum of Florence. Tuscany, Italy

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8. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The largest museum in the Netherlands houses the most important collection of the 17th-century Dutch masters, including Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

Why to go there?

Admire the famous works including “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt.

Rijksmuseum Photo by John Lewis Marshall

Photo by John Lewis Marshall

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7. The Prado, Madrid, Spain

The Spanish royal family has been a keen supporter of the arts for centuries. Therefore today the museum is proud to exhibit a vast collection, which features the fines works of the Spanish painters including Velázquez, Goya, Ribera and Zurbarán.

Why to go there?

Besides the Spanish artists, visitors will also get to see works by Rubens, Titian, Raphael and many more.

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6. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg is said to be one of the most beautiful Russian cities. It has been a cultural center for centuries. The Hermitage museum has acquired a vast collection of items spanning from the Stone Age to modern days.

Why to go there?

The museum was a palace of the czar, therefore the building itself is like a piece of art. The visitors will find over three millions of exhibition items!

hermitage Photo from Parkinn

Photo from Parkinn

hermitage Photo by Popova Valeriya

Photo by Popova Valeriya

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Photo by Pavel L Photo and Video

5. The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

One of the most impressive archeological museums in the world houses artifacts found on the hill of the Acropolis of Athens. The items date back to the Bronze Age up to Byzantine Greece.

Why to go there?

The exciting exhibition takes you back in time and gives a good glimpse into the Classical period. After all, Ancient Greece is the cradle of European culture.

athens Photo from Museum Hotel

Photo from Museum Hotel

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athens Photo by Roman Shymko

Photo by Roman Shymko

4. The British Museum, London, England

Another exciting museum, that boasts a large historic collection. From the archeological items such as the prehistoric bones to the bits of Athens’ Parthenon and Assyrian palace rooms. The historic jewels are a real treat for the eyes.

Why to go there?

The museum houses the second best collection of Egyptian antiquities outside Egypt! And the museum is totally free to visit.

london Photo from Foster and Partners

Photo from Foster and Partners

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Photo from London Calling

3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA

It is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. No wonder, since NYC is the cultural mecca of the world. It boasts impressive collections that include works by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Rodin…

Why to go there?

The museum also houses the historic artifact, including Egyptian tombs and even temples!

nyc Photo by Brett Beyer

Photo by Brett Beyer

nyc Photo from Artsmart

Photo from Artsmart

2. The Louvre, Paris, France

Two centuries ago a Medieval fortress and a castle has been converted into a museum. The museum houses masterpieces from the Antiquity to the modern times and has become the most important museum in the world.

Why to go there?

See the world-famous masterpieces like “Venus de Milo,” “Winged Victory of Samothrace” and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”

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Photo by Yann Caradec

1. The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Italy

One of the wealthiest places on Earth, the tiny state’s museum houses the finest works of the Italian masters. There are even the Raphael Rooms, painted by Raphael himself.

Why to go there?

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the Etruscan art are a must-see at least once in a lifetime.

vatican Photo from Angeltours

Photo from Angeltours

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