Since time mankind has always been drawn to paint life over a rock or a canvass and if you appreciate art, then these are the museums one should visit at least once in life. The paintings, sculptures and other work of arts will leave you breathless and all these museums are located in places of historical significance.
- Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
This is the world’s biggest archive and Museum and has more repositories of art and other artifacts. Its Air and Space Museum is one of the favorites places people visit. It has 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and various research stations.
- Le Louvre, Paris, France
It is the world’s biggest art museum in the world and home to the famous Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The Louvre was a medieval fortress and was converted into a museum two centuries ago. One can also see the very famous and yet controversial pyramid shocked many when it was unveiled in 1989 as the new main entrance which was designed by I.M. Pei. This Museum does not need publicity but the movie The Da Vinci Code was shot extensively in this place.
- The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
Many call this place the bedrock of art and philosophy and this place is a god’s gift for archaeologists. To visit this place is like going back in time of Socratics and Aristotle.
- State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
This Museum was founded by Catharine the Great and has some of the greatest paintings of Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, Titian, da Vinci, Picasso, Gauguin, Cézanne, van Gogh, and Goya.
- The British Museum, London, England
The entire Island of Britain is a Museum, but the British Museum has some of the most exotic art pieces for Ancient Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia. This place houses Egyptian antiquities outside Egypt, including the Rosetta Stone, carved in 196 B.C.
- The Prado, Madrid, Spain
This place houses again some of the works of Spanish masters like Velázquez, Goya, Ribera, and Zurbarán and also has extensive collection of Italian painters like Titian and Raphael. The Spanish royal family is responsible for the Prado’s vast collection classical masterpieces and much other art commissioned by kings and queens.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum dedicated to art work in the Western Hemisphere. Its collection is so broad, it has pieces from antiquities. This Museum as a large collection of European paintings from Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Rodin, and other genius.
- The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Italy
The entire Vatican is a Museum and a treasure trove of paintings and old manuscripts. The Vatican houses works of Renaissance artists like Da Vinci, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Raphael and many other great artists. Visited by millions of people this is one of the must see places.
- The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
This Museum also houses some of the great works of Renaissance artists all these great work of art are in the Galleria degli Uffizi making it a necessary to journey to this place for art lovers.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
This is one of the most important museums in the world and this place has nearly 900,000 objects fill the Rijksmuseum, the largest collection of art and history in the Netherlands. It has paintings by 17th-century Dutch masters, including Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, and Rembrandt van Rijn.