Even museums can seem interesting to people who are in love with art and heritage. If you are one of such people, you must have a look at some of the best museums in the world and plan your next trip to that place.
This list has some of the most visited museums in the world that are worth your time. Do go through this interesting list before you book your tickets to the next vacation.
1: Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia tops our list of the most visited as well as the most prominent monuments in the world. It is a well-known structure in terms of art and the history of architecture. Known for its architectural beauty, the Hagia Sophia museum holds significance for both Byzantine and Ottoman Empires of Istanbul.
The interesting part about it is that this monument started as being a church and was later transformed into a mosque and is now a museum. Also, it reflects the influence of both the Bryzantine and Ottoman Empires in its architecture and design.
2: Musee dOrsay
The Musee d’Orsay is a popular museum in Paris that was first opened for public on 9th December, 1986. Housed in the former Gare d’Orsay that is a Beaux-Arts railway station from the 18th century, this museum displays French art from 1848 to 1915.
All paintings, sculptures, architecture, furniture, decorative arts and photography are influenced with French art from that time period. The Musee d’Orsay museum encompasses one of the largest collections of masterpieces in the world. This is why it attracts many tourists.
These masterpieces include works of renowned painters like Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Sisley, Seurat, Manet, Renoir and Degas. The artwork of these famous personalities makes it a must-visit spot on your tour to Paris. Don’t miss an opportunity to be overwhelmed by a visit to Musee d’Orsay the next time you visit Paris.
Founded in The Hague in 1800 then moved to Amsterdam in 1808, Rijksmuseum is a national museum located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It reflects the art and history of the Amsterdam city. The Rijksmuseum is located in close proximity to three more important tourist spots namely, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Concertgebouw.
You must not miss visiting these marvels when on a tour to the city of frozen lakes, Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum is the most visited museum in Netherlands with a stats record of 2.45 million visitors in the year 2014. The museum boasts of its enormous collection of art objects that include masterpieces from names like Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer. An art lover can never miss out a visit to Rijksmuseum when in the city of Amsterdam.
4: Louvre Museum
The Louvre or the Louvre Museum in Paris, France holds to be one of the largest museums in the world. The museum is housed in the grand Louvre Palace. It is located on the right bank of the Seine and serves as a central landmark of the Paris city.
This historic museum holds a collection of over one million works of art with about 35,000 objects on display. It is spread out over the three wings of the former Louvre Palace namely, the Sully Wing, the Denon Wing and the Richelieu Wing. Some of the masterpieces for which tourists come luring for include the Venus of Milo, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo, the Nike of Samothrake and the world famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
The Louvre Museum is open for visitors on all days from 9a.m. to 6p.m., except Tuesdays. Also, you are permitted on night openings every Wednesday and Friday until 9:45p.m.
5: Winter Palace, Russia
Located on the bank of the Neva River, the Winter Palace holds to be the former residence of the Russian Tsars from 1760 onwards. It is a magnificent Baroque-style palace and is more popularly addressed as the main building of the Hermitage Museum.
Built for Empress Elizabeth, the Winter Palace is one of the most impressive and stunning structure in St. Petersburg. A guided tour to the Winter Palace will be an even more impressive experience since you’ll get to hear a lot of stories.
6: Gold Museum, Bogota
As the name suggests, the Gold museum in Bogota, Colombia holds over 55,000 pieces of gold and other ancient pieces including pottery, shell, wood and archaeological objects from the Hispanic cultures of Colombia. The Gold museum is the most famous museum in Bogota and is also one of the most overwhelming tourist sites in South America.
You will find a variety of pieces that include lots of mixed animals in gold like jaguar/frog and man/eagle, gold boats, warrior figures and more. You can take up a free one hour tour that I conducted from Tuesday to Saturday between 11a.m. and 4p.m.
7: Inhotim, Brazil
The Inhotim, also known as the Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim is a contemporary art museum located in southeast Brazil. It features several pavilions and galleries that have artworks and sculptures on display. It houses artworks of artists from different parts of the world.
This makes it the only Brazilian structure that boasts of a world-class collection of contemporary art pieces that have been put on display.
8: The Tate Modern
The Tate Modern belongs to a family of four art galleries in London namely, the Tate Modern, the Tate Britain, the Tate Liverpool and the Tate St Ives. The Tate modern is a national gallery of international modern art in Britain.
Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, it holds a vast collection of British art from the 19th century as well as pieces from international modern and contemporary art.
9: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Located in the Basque city of Bilbao, Spain, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum that supports modern as well as contemporary art. This sparkling titanium, limestone and glass museum in Spain was designed by a Canadian-American architect named Frank Gehry.
It mostly houses major artworks from the 20th century. This includes the works of Spanish as well as international artists. Also it is one of the most important structures of its time.
10: Vasa Museum
Located in Stockholm, Sweden, the Vasa Museum is a naval museum. It displays the only almost intact 17th century ship in the world. This is the 69 meter long warship ‘Vasa’ that is reported to have sunk in 1628.
The Vasa museum was opened in the year 1990 and it holds to be the most visited museum in Scandinavia. It boasts of over 25 million visitors who have been there at some point of time or the other.
The Vasa museum exhibits articles that have been recovered from ship, interactive displays and audiovisual mediums showcasing the life and sea battles from the 17th century.