Top Art Museums

To Visit On The Planet

Famous Art museums display a large collection of arts, artifacts, and sculptures, usually from the museum’s own collection to engage, inspire and educate visitors.

Museums are amazing places to wander around and in their endless galleries and exhibition rooms you can learn about almost anything that takes your fancy. The museums themselves have interesting histories to inspire and educate visitors.

Experience fine art at one of these amazing museums and galleries around the world.

15. National Museum Of Natural History

On of the world natural history museum, dedicated to discovery and education of the natural world, with millions of natural specimens and cultural artifacts.

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14. National Air & Space Museum

The Smithsonian NASM, features the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world, including some original icons of the age of flight.

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13. Egyptian Museum

Cairo’s Museum house some of the most amazing and important collections of Egyptian artifacts, Pharaonic antiquities and glittering treasures of Tutankhamun.

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12. J. Paul Getty Museum

The Getty’s two amazing campuses in California, has the finest collection of changing exhibitions, sculptures and art, from medieval times to the present.

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11. National Gallery

One of most popular art museums in central London, which houses some of the most impressive art collections and masterpieces by world renowned artists.

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10. The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum is one of the most important 19th century monuments in the Netherlands. About 900,000 objects fill the Rijksmuseum, the largest collection of art and history in the Netherlands. It is most famous for its paintings by 17th-century Dutch masters, including Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, and Rembrandt van Rijn. One of the main attraction is “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt.

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9. The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the world’s finest and oldest art museums in Florence, which house some of Italy’s most treasured artistic masterpieces and sculptured collections. Besides Florentine and Italian art, it also includes a large number of foreign works and Classical sculpture. The Uffizi’s collection include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli and Raphael. One of the main attraction is “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli.

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8. The Prado Museum

The Prado Museum, officially known as Museo Nacional del Prado, is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It houses the world’s richest and most comprehensive collection of Spanish painting, as well as masterpieces of other schools of European painting, especially Italian and Flemish art. Over centuries, kings and queens collected and commissioned art with passion and good taste.

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7. The British Museum

The British Museum in London, house a vast collection of the world’s human history, art, culture and artifacts. It has more than eight million objects ranging from prehistoric bones to chunks of Athens’ Parthenon, from whole Assyrian palace rooms to exquisite gold jewels. Some of the museum's most popular and important exhibits include the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles.

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6. The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum at the foot of the Acropolis' southern slope in Athens, showcases its surviving treasures. Located in the picturesque area of Makriyianni Athens, the collection covers the Archaic period to the Roman one, but the emphasis is on the Acropolis of the 5th century BC, Greece's artistic achievement. Its amazing transparent glass floor provides a walk over history – from ancient ruins beneath the building, to the Acropolis itself, always visible above through floor-to-ceiling windows.

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5. The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum is a national museum housed in the magnificent architectural complex, known as the Forbidden City. in Beijing, China. The museum consist of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres. There are over 1 million rare and valuable works of art in the permanent collection of the Palace Museum, including paintings, pottery, inscribed wares, bronze wares and court documents.

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4. Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Nestled into the eastern side of Central Park, its collection spans 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present. It is home to over 2 million artifacts, housed in specific curatorial departments which include: Ancient Egypt to Islamic art and from European paintings to Greek and Roman art. It also feature a large collection of musical instruments. It is the most visited art museum in America.

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3. The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are art museums located within the Vatican City. It has more than 70,000 exhibits and have one of the most impressive and extensive collections in the world. The collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The Sistine Chapel, the rooms of Raphael and the art gallery (Pinacoteca) are only part of a large number of priceless collections.

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2. State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is the second largest art museum in the world, and is home to a collection of over 3 million pieces, including the largest painting collection in the world. Set over 6 sprawling buildings running along the Palace Embankment next to the Neva River, it was founded in 1764, by Catherine the Great. Buildings open to the public include the: Hermitage Theater, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and Winter Palace.

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1. The Louvre

The Louvre in France, is the world's most famous museum, renowned for some of the finest pieces of art in the world, including the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. It is the largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. The museum’s collections, is about 38,000 priceless masterpieces and antiques. The Louvre is also the most visited museum in the world, receiving over 7.4 million visitors every year.

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