The 10 best museum in the world
By H. Jones
If you are a lover of culture and the arts, the museum is the perfect place to visit to absorb history, artwork and the beauty of human expression throughout the ages. There are hundreds and hundreds of fine museums throughout the world, but there are only a select few which can truly be considered the best of the best. The following are the top 10 best museums to visit around the world.
1 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC, New York; USA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the West. There are over 2 million objects in the museum’s collection, and they regularly rotate their display so that visitors can find something new. Their collection spans from ancient history to contemporary art, and includes objects from around the world.
2 - Louvre (Paris, France)
The Louvre is one of the most elegant museums in the world, and one of the most popular. Some of the most famous pieces of art in history are held at the Louvre, such as the famous “Mona Lisa.” Expect long lines at this highly visited museum!
3 - The Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan; USA)
The Detroit Institute of Arts is considered the unsung hero of western museums. Its collection includes masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh, and the museum regularly hosts exhibitions that highlight classical and contemporary art.
4 - The British Museum (London, UK)
The British Museum hosts a wide range of items related to human history. Artwork, sculptures and even fashion can be seen in the museum’s iconic halls. It has free entry, although you may have to pay for special exhibitions.
5 - Musée d'Orsay (Paris, France)
This museum hosts some fantastic artwork and best of all, it’s not nearly as crowded as the Louvre, so you can expect shorter waiting times--and no massive crowds that keep you from seeing the artwork properly.
6 - National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C., USA)
The National Gallery of Art collection includes important objects related to American history, ranging from historical documents to clothing worn by former presidents. The collection expands to other regions as well, including notable items like earrings said to have been worn by Marie Antoinette.
7 - Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Visitors to the Rijksmuseum will enjoy the rotating collection that allows them to experience new art from time to time; of particular note is the famous Gallery of Honor, which houses art from famous Dutch artists.
8 - Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid, Spain)
The Prado museum collection is a must for anyone visiting Europe; it includes the largest collection of art by Francisco Goya, along with artwork from international artists such as El Greco, Bosch and more.
9 - J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California, USA)
The Getty collection includes works by Van Gogh, along with an extensive photograph collection from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum includes a complex of five towers which includes a rotating exhibition center.
10 - Vatican Museums (Vatican City)
This multi-museum complex includes well-preserved Roman sculptures, as well as access to the Sistine Chapel, where the iconic 'The Creation of Adam' by Michelangelo can be viewed.
If you’re an art lover looking to experience the best art that the world has to offer, don’t pass up the above top 10 museums in the world.
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