If your definition of vacation is to museum hop across the globe, then look no farther for holiday inspiration. These museums are well worth the trip. Here is a list of the world’s greatest museums, based off the reviews from real travelers.
The Louvre Museum: The louvre museum or the musee du louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. It is a central landmark of the city and it is located on the right bank of the seine in the city’s first arrondissement. It houses approximately 38000 objects collected from the prehistoric times to the 21st century and covers nearly 73,000 square meters in floor areas. For the past couple of years, the louvre museum remains most visited art museum in the world receiving over 7.3 million visitors annually.
The louvre museum is housed in the louvre palace which was a fortress in the late 12th century under phillip 11. The fortress was converted into the main residence of the French kings in 1546 when it lost its defensive function due to urban expansion of the city. During the French revolution, the national assembly decreed that the louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces. The addition of I. M. Pei’s pyramid shocked many when it was unveiled in 1989 as the new main entrance. The louvre museum houses collections which includes Egyptian, near eastern, Greek, Etruscan and roman antiquities, Islamic arts, sculpture, decorative art, paintings, prints and drawing. Notable artworks are Venus de Milo, winged victory of Samothrace and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
The British Museum: The British museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 17543 with based on the collections of physicians and scientist sir Hans Sloane. the British museum first opened to public on the 15th of January , 1759 in Montagu house which is the site of the current building. Its houses one of the largest and the most comprehensive collections in existence numbering over eight million works. These works originates from all continents, showing and documenting the story of human culture from inception to the present.
The British museum has continued to experience series of expansion which has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions. The main attraction in the British museum is the Egyptian gallery which boasts the world’s second finest collection of Egyptian antiquities outside Egypt and the Rosetta stone carved in 196 B.C.
The State Hermitage Museum: The state hermitage museum is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was founded in 1764 when the empress Catherine the great acquired and impressive collection of artworks from a Berlin merchant named Johann Ernst Gotzkiwsky. The museum has been opened to the public since 1852 and houses a collection of artwork comprising of over three million items, although, only a small part is on permanent display. The art collection occupies a large complex of six historic buildings along palace embankment including the winter palace which is a former residence of Russian emperors. Other buildings are the Menshikov palace, museum of porcelain, storage facility at Staraya, derevnya and the eastern wing of the general staff building.
Till date the state hermitage museum remains the largest museum in the world. Although only five out of sis buildings are open to the public. The museum focal points is the western European art and the works of great artist like Rembrandt, Ruben, Tiepolo, Titian, Da Vinci, Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh are Goya can be found here. The main attraction of the hermitage museum is the treasure gallery’s gold rooms golden masterpieces from Eurasia, the black sea littoral in antiquity and the orient.