Museums are among the most visited historic places across the world. Majority of us would get confused when it comes down to art, but one will get undoubtedly impressed with these renowned institutions. There are thousands of museums in the world which are worth visiting.
1. Le Louvre, France
Now among the most popular museums in the world, this was a medieval palace and fortress of the French kings, before it got transformed into a museum about 200 years ago. The collections range from the beginning of the civilisations to the early 19th century days. It thus houses the planet’s most important pieces under one roof. The chief among them all is the Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
2. The Vatican Museums, Italy
This museum contains 22 different collections from Egyptian and Etruscan art to modern religious art. The grandeur and sheer beauty of the Sistine Chapel, Bernini’s Spiral Columns and Michelangelo’s Dome will blow away even the least religious of us.
3. The British Museum, UK
With over four million displayed artefacts, this museum is easily among the greatest and well-known museums in the world. The place attracts over six million visitors every year.
4. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, NY, US
One can find everything- from European paintings to Islamic arts to collection of arms. With works of Botticelli, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rodin, Degas etc. this one here is easily the most important museum of the western hemisphere.
5. The Uffizi Gallery, Italy
This museum houses the finest painting and sculpture collections with the likes of da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, Rembrandt etc.
6. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
It is the world’s biggest research organisation and museum complex, composed of sixteen museums and galleries including the National Zoo. With more than 142 million objects representing America’s most cherished memories, it is undoubtedly one of the most important and famous museums in the world.
7. Egyptian Museum, Egypt
With more than 120,000 artefacts under one roof, the collection range from the pre-historic period to Greco-Roman times including the Sphinx sculptures.
8. The State Hermitage, Russia
Boasting more than three million objects it covers English, French, Dutch, Italian, Flemish, German and Spanish art, including two original da Vinci works.
9. The Prado, Spain
Its collection may not be that impressive, but this museum is easily among the most visited and respected museums in the world. It consists of works by Goya, Velasquez, El Greco and Murillo among many others.
10. Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands
Established in 1800, it has 20 Rembrandts among its huge Dutch artists collection. Middle Ages artworks are also showcased in huge numbers.