The following is the list of the 10 best museums from around the world. They show very different exhibits but they all have one thing in common – they are all definitely worth your time! The list was chosen by the very knowledgeable guys over at National Geographic.
1. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C, United States
The Smithsonian is the world’s largest research and museum complex: it has 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and several research stations. In all, over than 137 million objects detailing America’s story are housed there.
2. Le Louvre, Paris, France
The Louvre, originally a medieval fortress, became a museum two centuries ago. The museum exterior is world famous due to the pyramid in the main entrance that was added in 1989. The museum’s collections are among the most important in the world but the most famous attraction is without a doubt Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.
3. The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. The ground floor is transparent glass that provides a walk over an amazing history with a view of the archaeological excavation of the Acropolis itself.
4. State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
A museum of art and culture. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. It holds over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
5. The British Museum, London, England
The largest museum in Britain. It looks after the national collection of archaeology and ethnography. It holds more than 8 million objects from different eras.
6. The Prado, Madrid, Spain
The main Spanish national art museum. It features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art.
7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States
Also known as The Met, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. Its collection of more than two million items from all over the world and from all eras is incredible. Just for example: Its European paintings include works by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Rodin, and others. The Egyptian Collection showcases the tomb of Perneb and the Temple of Dendur.
8. The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Italy
The Vatican Museums are the museums of the Vatican City and are located within the city’s boundaries. They display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. It was founded in the early 16th century. The Sistine Chapel with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze della Segnatura decorated by Raphael are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums broke attendance records in 2011 with just over 5 million people.
9. The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
The Uffizi is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. It holds the world’s finest collection of Renaissance paintings. All the famous and important Italian artists are there, from all eras
10. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
A Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.