10 Best Museums In The World

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

Best Museums In The World: The Smithsonian

Best Museums In The World: The Smithsonian

 

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”

Best Museums In The World: Le Louvre, Paris, France

Best Museums In The World: Le Louvre, Paris, France

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

Best Museums In The World: The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

Best Museums In The World: The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

 

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

Best Museums In The World: State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

Best Museums In The World: State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

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

Best Museums In The World: The British Museum

Best Museums In The World: The British Museum

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

Best Museums In The World: The Prado, Madrid

Best Museums In The World: The Prado, Madrid

 

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

Best Museums In The World: The Met, NYC

Best Museums In The World: The Met, NYC

 

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

Best Museums In The World: The Vatican Museums

Best Museums In The World: The Vatican Museums

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

The Uffizi Gallery, Florence

The Uffizi Gallery, Florence

 

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

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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