Most of the time, when a traveler visits a new city, museums are part of the sightseeing experience. If you’re interested in the culture and history of the country you’re visiting, then a museum is the best place to find out more about them. Some people might find museum visits boring, but if the exhibit is good (or you’re simply passionate about art), you’re bound to have fun. And serious art enthusiasts can make museum visits the purpose of their entire trip. So if you love art, mere are the top 5 art museums in the world – plan your trips accordingly!
Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
Some might argue that the best of European art is gathered at the Louvre, but even if that is not so, there are some incredibly famous pieces that you can see here. Over 6000 paintings are in the collection of the Louvre, of which about one third are authored by French artists. Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is also exhibited at the Louvre (and this painting draws not only art lovers, but fans of the Da Vinci Code too), and so are other very famous pieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Delacroix or Titian.
Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
The Vaticans Museums is one of the most immense museums in the entire world, thanks to the impressive collection amassed by the Catholic Church during several centuries. Some of the most well-known classical sculptures and pieces of Renaissance art in the world are exhibited here. The museums most most of the contents of Raphael’s former workroom, as well as wonderful paintings by Giotto, Titian, Poussin and da Vinci. The famous Sistine Chapel is part of the museum complex, and another interesting attraction is the Borgia Apartment, a suite that belonged to the 16th century Pope Alexander VI.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Perhaps the most well known of all New York museums, the Met is located along the city’s ‘museum mile’. The museum has several huge collection, ranging from Egyptian art to Ancient Near Eastern Art and much more. The arms and armor collection is quite fascinating, as is the collection of musical instruments. Don’t miss the paintings of Caravaggio, which are part of the European collection.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous museums of the Western World, showcasing pieces works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt and many others. The musem is as much a work of art as the collections within. It was built at the end of the 16th century by Giorgio Vasari, and accomplished architect and art historian.
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
The Prado Museum features one of the most extensive collections of European art on the entire continent, and it is especially famous for Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ and Velasquez’s ‘Las Meninas’. The museum owns collections of Spanish, Dutch, French, British, Flemish and Italian paitings, and sculptures from various periods and parts of the world.