There are thousands of museums in the world. Basically, museums are ranked according to the number of people visiting per year. I focused on traditionally 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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