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Top 10 Must – See Museums around the World

Top 10 must see museums around the world
Top 10 must see museums around the world

It is a place that gives your insight into history. A place you can come to escape. It is a place of authenticity, uniqueness and calm. It is a place of artistic treasure full of aestheticism. Yes, it is a MUSEUM! From London to New York, here are the Top 10 must see museums around the world.

After spending quite some time in analyzing History, I have come up with a list of museums around the world that will provide you the distinguishing experience of seeing some of the greatest masterpieces of all time with a close proximity.

Top 10 Must See Museums Around the World


1. The Louvre Museum, Paris

Nothing screams ‘tres belle’ as loud as than Louvre, the world’s largest museum and art gallery. The spectacular, baroque- style palace and museum- Lemus`ee Du Louvre in French- is situated on the banks of the Seine river in Paris. Being one of the biggest tourist attractions, this museum houses ancient Egyptian artifacts, intricate Greek pottery, Roman sculptures, Renaissance and Medieval artwork, 600 years Old Italian paintings and crown jewels and other artifacts from French nobles. Without a doubt, the Louvre’s most famous attraction is Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ that is enclosed in bulletproof glass flanked by guards 24/7. Because of its size and the scale of its collection, it is impossible to see the entirety of the Louvre in one visit.

Highlights: Classic works of art from Mona Lisa to Nike of Samothrace and Venus de Milo.

Ticket fee: $17.


2. State Hermitage Museum, Russia

Being one of the most famous tourist attractions of Russia, the Hermitage museum is a must see place for all those who are traveling to Russia. From the works of Picasso and Monet to Impressionist masterpieces, the Hermitage houses over 3 million unique pieces of art including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The museum is divided into four parts namely the small Hermitage, old Hermitage, new Hermitage and the winter palace. This place is so large that visitors always prefer guided tours that last longer than 3 hours to complete. The Hermitage is the largest museum in the world and on an estimate, one would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just 60 seconds.

Highlights: The Renaissance collection, the Impressionists and the works of the 20th-century painters- Picasso, Matisse, and Kandinsky are among the highlights of the museum.

Ticket fee: $12.


3. Museum of Modern Art, New York

The museum of modern art (MoMA) is the first ever museum in the world to be dedicated to modern art. The museum is located in the heart of Manhattan between the 5th and the 6th avenues. MoMa’s exhibits include works of architecture, design, drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. It also houses a number of priceless pieces of art from extremely popular artists. This museum is attached to a cinema, a sculpture garden and a high-end resto-bar where visitors can pass their time. The best part about MoMA is its FREE Friday’s prospect when visitors can enter for free between from 4pm to 8pm.

Highlights: Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

 Ticket fee: $25.

4. Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad

With it being the largest in Asia and Asia being largest among continents, the Salarjung museum is definitely worth a spot on the list. Located on the southern bank of the river Musi, it is popularly known for its one of largest one-man collections of the world. From Indian art to European art, from far Eastern art to Middle Eastern art and Children’s art, this museum has it all! One of the major attractions of the museum is the 19th Century British Musical Clock. The Veiled marble statue of Rebecca which was created by an Italian sculptor in 1876 is another highlight that attracts most of the attention. With its enviable collection of 43000 art objects, 9000 manuscripts and 47000 printed books, the Salarjung museum is a must- visit place in India.

Attractions: The two-sided statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta, the 19th century British Clock and the marble statue of Rebecca.

Ticket fee: $5.

 Don’t miss out on Charminar when you travel to Hyderabad.


5. Acropolis Museum, Greece

Founded in 1976, the Acropolis museum tells the story of life on the Athenian Acropolis and its surroundings. This museums architecture is not similar to other museums and its collection is installed in a chronological sequence. Its base level consists of the lobby, temporary exhibition spaces, and museum store. The middle section accommodates the galleries from the Archaic to the late Roman period. It also hosts sculptures that graced the first temples on the Acropolis, statues of the Goddess Athena etc. The top section is the one on which the marble sculptures of the Parthenon Frieze are mounted. These depict the birth of Goddess Athena and the battle between Athena and Poseidon over the land of Attica. Offering a unique look into the past of Greece, The New Acropolis Museum is a must-visit destination for any traveler in this age-old city.

Attractions: The Parthenon, Sculptures such as Hercules slaying the Lernaian Hydra and a lioness devouring a bull.

Ticket fee: $6.


6. The British Museum, London

The British Museum is an institution dedicated to art, culture and human history. It houses over 8 million works from artists all across the continents. The original 1753 collection has grown to over thirteen million objects at the British Museum, 70 million at the Natural History Museum and 150 million at the British Library. Few World-famous objects such as the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian antiquities, Greek vases, Statue of Kurlil etc are contained at the British Museum. It is said that if someone wants to learn about the world cultures and their origination, a visit to this museum is mandatory. The British Museum is also the most visited museum in the United Kingdom and is visited by up to 6 million visitors per year.

Attractions: The Elgin Marbles, Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and Parthenon sculptures.

Ticket fee: Absolutely FREE!


7. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Austria

Originally in 1891, the Kunsthistorisches Museum was built near the Imperial Palace to house the collections of the Royal family. Today, it is a chamber of art and wonders and is one of a kind. Its collection varies from artworks of the Middle Ages to precious Egyptian treasures. The picture gallery that houses art amassed by the old masters is the most fascinating part of the entire museum. Few other attractions of the museum include arts of the Renaissance and Baroque era, the collection of Emperor Kaiser Rudolf II, Raphael’s “Madonna in the Meadow”, mighty collections of royal carriages, sculpture, coins, a castle, books, armors, musical instruments and Roman antiquities.

Highlights: The famous Saliera, Raphael’s Madonna of the Meadow and Arcimboldo’s summer.

Ticket fee: $17.


8. Smithsonian Institution, Washington

Together known as the Smithsonian Institution, the world-famous museum and research complex consists of 17 museums and galleries in Washington. Its 17 museums are the Anacostia Museum, National Museum of Asian art, Hirsh horn museum, National air and space museum, National Museum of African history, National Museum of Natural history, National portrait gallery, National Postal museum etc. It approximately houses 154 million artifacts and specimens that detail the American history. The Air and Space Museum and Natural history museum are the highlights of this place. Cutting-edge exhibits, Asian art, Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer are also few of the famous exhibits.

Highlights: The dresses of the First Ladies, the Gem Hall, Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and the Apollo 11 command module.

Ticket fee: Absolutely FREE!


9. The Vatican Museums, Italy

The original Vatican Palace and the 15th-century Palazzetto di Belvedere are the two lavishly decorated halls of the Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano that houses the museums. The Museums include several monumental works of art, painting, and sculpture collected by the popes through the centuries. The Christian Missionary museum showcases a collection of artistic and archaeological objects, some of an ethnological nature, that were once housed in the Lateran Palace. The highlights of the Vatican museums are the Sistine Chapel, the Chapel of Beato Angelico, the Raphael Rooms and Loggia and the Borgia Apartment. There are also the Vatican courtyards, Chariot room, Pinacoteca and the gallery of tapestries that deserve to be paid a visit.

Highlights: The renowned Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms are not to be missed.

Ticket fee: $5.


10. The Prado Museum, Spain

Along with being one of the greatest museums of the world, the quality and variety of its collection make the Prado one of the world’s best-endowed museums. It showcases a beautiful collection of Spanish paintings, few important works of Flemish and Italian schools, drawings, engravings, coins, and medals, as well as items of clothing and decorative art. Its galleries display masterpieces such as the Las Meninas by Velázquez, Nobleman with his hand on his chest by El Greco, the Black Paintings and some other unmissable arts of artists. The new area of the museum contains the cloister of the church of Los Jerónimos. The Prado is the only gallery in the world that has the complete collection of Spanish paintings.

Highlights: “The Three Graces” by Rubens.

Ticket fee: $17.

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