TOP 10 MUSEUMS IN THE WORLD

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There are thousands of museums in the world. Basically, museums are ranked according to the number of people visiting per year. I focused on traditional covered museums displaying collections of art, industry, and antiquity.

Here is the list of top 10 museums in the world according to us. They show very different exhibit’s but they all have one thing in common – they are all definitely worth your time!


1. Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Opened in 1793, The Louvre was a medieval fortress and the palace of the kings of France before becoming a museum two centuries ago. It is one of the world’s largest and most visited museums in the world. The museum exterior is world famous due to the pyramid in the main entrance that was added in 1989. The museum contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments.

The Louvre is the dream place to visit for many art lovers. Such a huge collection of world’s most famous artists can be found here. Monalisa is the most famous painting of all at the museum.

Main Attractions: Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, Aphrodite, known as the “Venus de Milo”, The “Regent Diamond”, “the Winged Victory of Samothrace”,  “Frise des archers” and many more.

Official Website: www.louvre.fr


2. Vatican Museums, Vatican City

Founded in 1506 by Pope Julius II. The Vatican Museums are the museums of the Vatican City and are located within the city’s boundaries. Spanning nearly 9 miles, the Roman Catholic Church’s Vatican collection is one of the largest and most stunning in the world. They display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.

Main Attractions: St Jerome in the Wilderness  by Leonardo da Vinci, Augustus of Prima Porta, The Gallery of Maps, Laocoön and His Sons, Perseus with the Head of Medusa, Stefaneschi Triptych, The School of Athens, Madonna of Foligno and Oddi Altarpiece  by  Raphael.

Official Website: www.museivaticani.va


3. British Museum, London, UK

Opened in 1753, the British Museum  has the largest permanent collection of about 8 million artifacts which originate from all continents. Its galleries are devoted to Egypt, Greece, Roman civilization, Asia, Africa, and medieval Europe, which narrates the story of human culture from its origin to the present.

They have the second largest collection of Egyptian mummies and ancient Greek sculptures.

Main attractions: The Elgin Marbles ( Parthenon marbles), The Rosetta Stone, Several of the original casing stones from the Great Pyramid of Giza, One of six remaining Caryatids, Mummy of Hornedjitef , The Vindolanda tablets, The crystal skull, Study of Heads, Mother and Child by Raphael

Official Website: britishmuseum.org


4. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Opened in 1872, the Metropolitan Museum of Art  Also known as The Met, is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. . Its collection holds more than 2 million works on permanent display from around the world, from pre-history to the 21st century , including classical antiquity, Ancient Egypt, modern art, African art, Asian art, Islamic art, and many more.

Main attractions: The Temple of Dendur, Benin Pendant Mask,King Henry VIII’s Armor, Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh, Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Antonio Canova, Chinese Buddhist Sculpture.

Official Website: www.metmuseum.org





5. Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

Founded  in 1764 by Tsaress Catherine the Great. The Hermitage has been open to the public since 1852. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. This gigantic museum contains more than 3 million items and displays  651 931 Works of art. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along the Neva River, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.This museum features items as early as the Stone Age all the way to the modern times.

Main attractions: The Three Graces by Canova, Statue of Buddha,  Madonna Litta by Leonardo da Vinci, Dryad by Pablo Picasso, Mal’ta Venus, Limestone stele of a chief potter, Bust of Lucius Verus, Urartu deity , Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss.

Official Website: hermitagemuseum.org


6. The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

Opened in 2009, The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. Its collection holds almost 4,000 works from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.

The museum’s ground floor is an amazing transparent glass floor providing provides a walk over history, with a view of the archaeological excavation, while sloping upward to the Acropolis with sanctuaries of the Athenians from each historic period nearby. Smaller settlements have been excavated, yielding glimpses of Athenian life.

Main attractions: Archaeological site below the main entrance to the museum, Peplos Kore, Caryatids of Erechtheion, The marble Kritios Boy, Bust of Tiberius Julius Sauromates II, Goddess Nike.

Official Website: www.theacropolismuseum.gr


7. National Gallery, London, UK

Founded in 1824, The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in London. It originally opened in a townhouse with only 38 paintings, today it has a collection of over 2,300 works. The 2,300 paintings cover all genres from the mid-13th century, through to 1900.

Main attractions: The Rokeby Venus  by Diego Velázquez, The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, Venus and Mars by Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci, The Supper at Emmaus by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh, The Madonna of the Pinks (‘La Madonna dei Garofani’) by Raphael.

Official Website: www.nationalgallery.org.uk


8. Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt

Founded in 1897 during the reign of Khedive Abbass Helmi II.  It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, having over 120,000 items of ancient Egyptian antiquities and has an extensive collection of papyrus and coins.The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years with the artifacts from the Tomb of King Tutankhamen and the Royal Mummy room containing 27 royal mummies.

Main attractions: Tutankhamen collection, which includes the iconic funeral golden mask of the boy king as well as several other objects related to this pharaoh, Diorite statue of Khafra, Greywacke statue of Menkaure, The dwarf Seneb and his family, Stela of Akhenaten and his family.

Official Website: www.egyptianmuseum.gov.eg


9. National Palace Museum, Shilin, Taipei, Taiwan

Opened in 1921, Located in the outskirts of Taipei City, Taipei National Palace Museum houses the largest collection of Chinese artifacts and artwork in the world. It has a permanent collection of more than 696,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks.The collection encompasses over 10,000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic age to the late Qing Dynasty. The collections are so extensive that only a fraction are on show at one time – paintings, bronzes, oracle bones, porcelain, jewellery and more, including treasures from the Forbidden Palace in Beijing.

Main attractions: Jadeite Cabbage, The Meat-shaped Stone, The “One Hundred Horses” by Giuseppe Castiglione,  Jade Tablet, Ts’ung, Green Jade Plate with Gold Filament, Cocoon-shaped Hu, Chun-lei Zither.

Official Website: www.npm.gov.tw


10. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA

Opened  in 1937, The National Gallery of Art is located Washington DC’s National Mall. The museum contains more than 122000 artifacts including 4000 European and American paintings. The museum is comprised of two buildings: one holds paintings from the fourteenth through the eighteenth centuries and the other exhibits modern art. It owns the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere and features a sculpture garden surrounding a large fountain outside the museum building.

Main attractions: Ginevra de’ Benci is a portrait painting by Leonardo da Vinci, Madonna and Child with Two Angels, Putto Poised on a Globe, Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico, The Chariot, Thinker on a Rock, Portraits of Vincent van Gogh.

Official Website: www.nga.gov

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