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Top 10 Best Museums in the World

Top 10 Best Museums in the World

Museums are a great place where one can see the historical artifacts and renowned artists work from around the world. Anyone can visit to study, understand history, cultures, civilizations and artifacts. Although there are thousands of museums in the world, some of them are worth visiting more than others because of the sheer wealth of treasures they have for us to explore. The museums listed below, have been chosen due to their historic collections, famous works of art, worldwide popularity and architecture. You should definitely visit these museums if you ever have a chance; the amazement of the treasures seen will impress you greatly, even if you are not the most artsy person in the world.

The following top 10 best museums in the world are among the most popular, important and respected museums in the world.


10)  The Guggenheim
This magnificent building is located in Bilbao, Spain and has earned a spot on the top ten list. There are branches of the Guggenheim in New York, Berlin, Venice and Las Vegas but the distinctive architecture has made the one located in Bilbao the best of them all. This museum features stunning architecture and pieces of art. It has a gorgeous design from the late 19th century that's represented in the sinuous stone, glass and titanium curves of the building. You will find works of modern and contemporary art from some of the most significant artists on Earth.

Exterior of The Guggenheim
This Guggenheim is located in Bilbao, Spain and has earned a spot on the top ten list
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Interior of The Guggenheim


9)  Australian Museum
This is the oldest museum in Australia, it was built in 1788 in Sydney, Australia and is fun for all ages. The museum is located on the ruins of the home of Governor Phillip, the country’s first governor and general. It displays the colonial and contemporary city of Sydney with pictures from 1788 to present times. The collections of objects that have been recovered are from more than 25 archaeological digs and the most popular exhibition is called “Surviving Australia”, which features the most deadly creatures of the country. If you want to explore the oldest living culture in the world then you can take a look at the history and struggle of the Aboriginal as well as the people of Torres Strait Island.

Exterior of the Australian Museum
The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, it was built in 1788 in Sydney, Australia and is fun for all ages.
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8)  Rijksmuseum
This internationally renowned museum was established in 1800 and is located in Amsterdam, Netherland.  It houses the largest collection of art and history in the country. With almost one million objects to preview, the Rijksmuseum is famous for its paintings by 17th century Dutch masters. The most notable of these paintings include 20 Rembrandt's and many other artifacts of this period. The Night Watch by Rembrandt is the most popular piece of art, which depicts a group of militiamen in action. The museum also displays fine art from the Middle Ages and the 18th as well as 19th centuries. A vast collection of modern sculptures and applied art have enriched the museum further.

Exterior of Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum was established in 1800 and is located in Amsterdam, Netherland.
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Rembrant's Night Watch painting inside the Rijksmuseum
The Night Watch by Rembrandt is the most popular piece of art, which depicts a group of militiamen in action.
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7)  The Smithsonian
The Smithsonian is located in Washington D.C., USA, which is the capital city of the USA and it has some really great world class museums. The Smithsonian Institute is composed of 16 museums, galleries and the National Zoo. All of these have made it the largest museum and complex research organization in the world. Those who are interested may view a variety of exhibits, such as: a 3.5 billion year old fossil, the Apollo lunar landing module, historic artifacts, scientific specimens and cultural exhibits. The museums and galleries house over 142 million objects representing important memories of the United States. In fact, it is impossible to see everything in a single visit because many of the museums at the Smithsonian Institute are in other parts of the city. You can also visit the Air and Space Museum, the African Art Museum, IMAX theaters and much more.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian Institute is composed of 16 museums, galleries and the National Zoo.
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Apollo 11 Command Module at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian has a variety of exhibits, such as: a 3.5 billion year old fossil, the Apollo lunar landing module, historic artifacts, scientific specimens and cultural exhibits.


6)  Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian museum is located in Cairo, Egypt and was established in 1900; it's one of the most important museums in the world. This museum houses the greatest collection of historical Egyptian antiquities, that include:  superb ancient sculptures and other artifacts from the tombs of kings as well as royal families. The building is housed in an enormous neo classical structure and houses over 120,000 objects from the pre historic era to the Greco Roman period. Here you can see ancient sculptures of the famous Sphinx and the belongings of King Tutankhamun, particularly Tutankhamun’s gold mask that also is one of the most famous ancient Egyptian symbols.

Exterior of the Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian museum is located in Cairo, Egypt and was established in 1900; it's one of the most important museums in the world.
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Interior of the Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum houses the greatest collection of historical Egyptian antiquities, that include:  superb ancient sculptures and other artifacts from the tombs of kings as well as royal families
By Kristoferb, via  Wikimedia Commons


5)  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City has many world renowned museums but the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City, New York, is an enormous classical museum that has one of the foremost collections of fine art. Established in 1870, the museum previews pieces from the ancient era to modern time and houses over 2 million works of art. You can see Greek art, Roman art, Islamic art, European paintings, collections of armor, and much more.

Exterior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City has many world renowned museums but the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City, New York, is an enormous classical museum that has one of the foremost collections of fine art

Interior of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 Established in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art previews pieces from the ancient era to modern time and houses over 2 million works of art.
By Carmelo Bayarcal, via Wikimedia Commons


4)  Prado Museum
This magnificent 18th century style museum is located in Madrid, Spain and specializes in mostly paintings. It is one of the greatest museums in the world, displaying marvelous art works of Spanish artists, such as: Velázquez, Goya, Murillo and El Greco, just to name a few. In addition to the Spanish artists collections, there are wonderful Italian and Flemish collections with paintings by Raphael, Titan and Tintoretto. Artwork from other foreign artists, like Bosch and Rubens, are also featured in the museum. Superb collections of coins, medals, drawings and decorative art are displayed in the museum, as well.

Exterior of Prado Museum
Prado Museum is located in Madrid, Spain and specializes in mostly paintings

Interior of Prado Museum
Interior of Prado Museum
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3)  The Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums are located in Rome, Italy; these impressive museums are noted for the sheer beauty and splendor of Michelangelo’s dome as well as Bernini’s spiral columns. There are 22 separate collections:  Etruscan art, Egyptian art, maps, classical statues and modern religious art. Visitors are especially recommended to visit the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms, some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world.

The Vatican Museums
There are 22 separate collections:  Etruscan art, Egyptian art, maps, classical statues and modern religious art in the Vatican Museums.
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Interior of the new wing in the main Vatican Museum
main Vatican Museum
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2)  The British Museum
The British Museum is located in London, UK and is regarded by many as the best museum to visit in the world. It has the best comprehensive collections of ancient cultures and some of the most important archaeological objects ever discovered. Founded in 1753, the British Museum carries large collections of ancient pieces from all over the world. It houses seven million artifacts, where four million of which are on display. Located in the heart of London, the museum attracts more than six million visitors each year.

The museum is only second to the Louvre when it comes to the amount of annual visitors. People of all ages can view most items free of charge but there may be a small charge for special exhibitions. It has a magnificent domed reading room and a modern information center to make your visit more comfortable. The Mummy of Katebet, the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone are some of the most popular attractions. In truth, if you want to understand the history of different civilizations then you must visit the British Museum. You will find culture from all parts of the world here to keep your mind intrigued for years to come.

Exterior of the British Museum
The British Museum is located in London, UK and is regarded by many as the best museum to visit in the world
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Interior of the British Museum
Founded in 1753, the British Museum carries large collections of ancient pieces from all over the world.
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1)  Musée du Louvre
The Musée du Louvre, Le Louvre, in English, is located in Paris, France and is considered by many as the most famous museum in the world. The museum is housed in the Le Louvre Palace, which used to be a medieval fortress and the palace to the kings of France. It was officially transformed into a museum in 1793. Today, this historical museum has been modernized with the addition of the world famous glass pyramid.

The collections of the museum, which range from the birth of the great antique civilizations to the first half of the 19th century, are considered among the most important pieces to see on Earth. Here, you will find some of the best works created by the most famous artists in history, including Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. You can also see the most photographed painting in the world, “The Mona Lisa”, a masterpiece by Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci. The museum is mind blogging because of the sheer wealth of treasures. In addition to viewing all of the famous paintings, you can also preview Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Mesopotamian antiquities. The Musée du Louvre also houses medieval artifacts, French neoclassical art, romantic paintings and Islamic art.

Exterior of the Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre
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Interior of Musée du Louvre
The collections of the Louvre museum, which range from the birth of the great antique civilizations to the first half of the 19th century, are considered among the most important pieces to see on Earth.


Final Words
Museums are typically the best tourist destinations in most cities and some museums have become world famous because of their vast collections, monuments, architecture and historic pieces of art. Museums are fun if you ever want to travel back in time and embrace the history of varied civilizations. This ultimate list of the top 10 best museums in the world should be visited by everyone at some point in their lifetime because there is bound to be something interesting for everyone at each one.


 

 

 

 

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