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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The 25 Best Museums In The World To Visit

The expert travelers at Tripadvisor came together to compile their list of the best museums in the world to visit this winter. Did your favorite make it onto the list

#25 – Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) [Bogota, Colombia]

This sparkling museum displays the largest single collection of pre-Columbian American gold. The beautiful work of the Indigenous Americans challenged even the finest gold smiths in Europe at the time and to this day, the collection of 55,000 pieces still leave millions in awe every year.

#24 – Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) [Wellington, New Zealand]

Te Papa Tongarewa is roughly translated into “the place of treasures of this land”. This magnificent collection of flora and fauna represents one of the most geologically and biologically diverse countries in the world. They also feature collections of beautiful textiles and woodwork from indigenous people.

#23 – Inhotim [Brumadinho, Brazil]

Inhotim is a massive 5,000-acre botanical garden and contemporary art museum.  It merges 4,500 plant species with incredibly impressive installations from some of the country’s best up and coming artists. Seeing everything in a single visit is nearly impossible.

#22 – The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses [Xi’an, China]

This truly massive hanger serves as a home to nearly 8,000 terracotta figures which stand guard over the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang di, who lived over 2200 years ago. This museum and its Terracotta Army are considered the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World, with more and more warriors constantly being discovered by ongoing excavation efforts.

#21 – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum [Washington DC, District of Columbia]

If a museum has a prototype Nazi stealth fighter jet, you know it’s well worth a visit. With hundreds of aircraft and space artifacts, the Smithsonian holds the largest collection in the world and a larger air force than most countries. Be sure to check out the more sombre Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima.

#20 – The Rijksmuseum (National Museum) [Amsterdam, The Netherlands]

Rijksmuseum is dedicated to the rich history and exquisite art of the Netherlands. The museum has 8,000 objects on display from a total collection of more than 1 million objects from the years 1200 to 2000. Amongst them are masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.

#19 – Musee du Louvre [Paris, France]

Housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II, the Louvre is the worlds most visited museum – and for good reason. Displaying more than 380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art this museum is one of the largest collections in  the world and holds many famous paintings, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

#18 – Borghese Gallery [Rome, Italy]

At the Borghese Gallery, the buildings itself is part of the exhibit. Built by the nephew of Pope Paul V in 1644, every wall and ceiling is adorned in magnificent art and sculptures.

#17 – Instituto Ricardo Brennand [Recife, Brazil]

The huge Ricardo Brennand Institute is a beautiful park that hosts a museum, art gallery and library. It is one of the largest collections in South America, with 3,000 pieces of armor, 62,000 volumes and hundreds of paintings and sculptures – all set in a magnificently green landscape.

#16 – Hagia Sophia Museum (Ayasofya) [Istanbul, Turkey]

Hagia Sophia has a long history. Built in 537, it has been the seat of the Orthodox Church, an imperial mosque and in the modern day, a museum which beautifully displays the Eastern and Western influence that have molded Istanbul into the city it is today.

#15 – British Museum [London, England]

The collection at the British Museum, founded in 1753, is from all corners of the world, illustrating and documenting the the vast story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. Whether you’re interested in Australia or Iceland, the British Museum offers one of the most comprehensive and extensive views of human history available.

#14 – National Gallery of Art [Washington DC, District of Columbia]

The highlight of a trip to the National Gallery of Art is the 6-acre Sculpture Garden where the Museum’s contemporary sculpture collection are displayed against a magnificent landscape. Inside is  one of the finest art collections in the world, including many work by American artists.

#13 – Vasa Museum [Stockholm, Sweden]

On display at the Vasa museum is the only fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the magnificent 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. Alongside this truly massive vessel are various other nautical exhibits.

#12 – National Gallery [London, United Kingdom]

This gallery in the famous Trafalgar Square houses over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. While the collection is relatively small, it acts almost as an encyclopedia of art. Almost all major changes in Western painting “from Giotto to CĂ©zanne” are represented by important works. Walking through this museum is like walking through hundreds of years of history.

#11 – The National WWII Museum [New Orleans, Louisiana]

The National World War II Museum looks at the American contribution to victory during World War II. You’ll be bound to have a sore neck by the end of a trip here, with a  Supermarine Spitfire, Messerschmitt Bf 109, Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber, and Douglas C-47 Skytrain suspended from the ceiling. When you decide to rest your neck, you’ll find other tanks, vehicles and weapons that fought on the front and secured Allied victory.

#10 – Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial [Jerusalem, Israel]

Yad Vashem is a memorial and museum dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. While any trip here is a sombre one, the museum also offers an experience found nowhere else on Earth. Many of the walls are covered in photographs and accounts of victims and their ordeals, offering a unique insight on this horrific event in world history.

#9 – Prado Museum [Madrid, Spain]

The Prado is unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art in the world. On top of that it also has the largest Italian collection outside of Italy. Prado Museum is nothing short of a Mecca for European art.

#8 – The Acropolis Museum [Athens, Greece]

At first, this building seems a little out of place – a modern glass structure surrounded by ancient ruins. This archaeological museum is built over an active excavation site of the Acropolis of Athens. On display in this elegant modern structure are 4,000 treasures of Ancient Greece.

#7 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art [New York City, United States]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Alongside the ancient and classical art is an extensive collection of American and modern art. If you can’t make it to New York to see these incredible items first hand then the Met hosts large traveling shows throughout the year.

#6 – Musee d’Orsay [Paris, France]

Musee d’Orsay is housed in a former railway station with incredibly intricate ceilings.  Within its walls is the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist in the world. They include work by Monet and Van Gogh.

#5 – Accademia Gallery [Florence, Italy]

Florence was a major centre of the renaissance and the museums here show it. Galleria dell’Accademia is home to many of Michelangelo’s magnificent sculptures, including the original David. Alongside this impressive collection of statues are Florentine paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries. If anywhere properly represents the splendor of the renaissance in the modern age, it’s here.

#4 – The Getty Centre [Los Angeles, California]

High in the magnificent hills of Los Angeles is the incredible Getty Museum, along with magical modern sculptures, the museum holds 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. It acts as a living example that old and new can blend perfectly together.

#3 – State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace [St. Petersburg, Russia]

The Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest in the world, is nothing short of breathtaking. The displays come from all across the world and the 3,000,000 items include the largest single collection of paintings in the world. All of this is displayed across hundreds of rooms, each more exquisite than the last.

#2 – National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) [Mexico City, Mexico]

Museo Nacional de AntropologĂ­a is the most popular museum in Mexico. It contains exhibits on all pre-Columbian civilizations located on the current territory of Mexico and the Southern USA. These include the Aztec Stone of the Sun,  giant stone heads of the Olmec civilization and treasures recovered from the Maya civilization, at Chichen Itza. It is one of the greatest collections of native American works in the world.

#1 – Art Institute of Chicago [Chicago, USA]

The Art Institute is an encyclopedia of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and American art. With more than 260,000 items in its collection, the Chicago museum not only covers later periods, but also encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world.
Source: Distractify


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