Top 10 Art Museums in the World

There are hundreds if not thousands of art museums in the world which you should visit if you ever have the chance because they are the places where some of the most remarkable masterpieces are housed. In fact, any art lover should at least try and see these spaces because they are where the paintings and artworks of the great masters that anyone would only be seen in pictures are.

1. Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

Probably made more popular by the book The Da Vinci Code, the Musee de Louvre is the most famous art museum that anyone must visit regardless of whether they are enthusiasts or not. This is where the famed Mona Lisa and the Venues de Milo is exhibited in the former palace of the kings of France. This is essentially the largest art museum in the world where it first started in 1793 where it now houses more than 35,000 masterpieces amidst its many wide corridors and segments. Among the highlights apart from the mentioned Mona Lisa here are like the Nike of Samothrace which is known to be more than 2,000 years old as well as da Vinci’s other masterpiece ‘Madonna on the Rocks’.

2. Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome, Italy

The highlight of the Vatican Museum is surely the Sistine Chapel ceiling painting of Michelangelo. This is essentially one of the largest and most remarkable collections in the world. It is estimated that more than 4 million visitors come to the Roman Catholic Church’s Vatican collection each year to see some of the most exciting art pieces every year including those of Raphael and the very distinguished Leonardo da Vinci.

3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is perhaps one of the most significant places in the art world. Here is where one of the largest museums in the world is located. The Metropolitan Museum prides itself for holding more than 2 million art pieces and there are a wide range of media and art-form for almost every art lover. From Greek sculptures to European paintings which accounts to more than 2,000, the museum is a serious must-see for any enthusiast. Among the highlights of this museum are Rembrandt’s ‘Aristotle with a Bust of homer’, Van Gogh’s ‘Cypresses’, David’s ‘The Death of Socrates’, Caravaggio’s ‘The Musicians’ and Pollock’s ‘Autumn Rhythm’.

4. J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, California

Known in short as The Getty, the Paul Getty Centre is Los Angeles is known for its structure which is pretty much an art as it offers one of the best sights of the city and its surrounding gardens. Here, the gallery shows an array of masterpieces from the likes of Cezanne, Monet and Vincent Van Gogh

5. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

The Art Institute of Chicago is known for keeping more than 30 Monet paintings. In fact, the gallery has one of the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections that include ‘Haystacks’ and Henri Toulose-Lautrec’s ‘At the Moulin Rouge’.

6. Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

The Uffizi Gallery in Italy is perhaps one of the best place to visit for art and history because this is where the gallery hosts the ‘Birth of Venus’ painting by Botticelli. In fact, Uffizi Gallery, which is located in Florence is one of the oldest museums in the world and it is also where some works of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo are kept.

7. Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France

The Musee d’Orsay has one of the most ‘complete’ places to view masterpieces from the great artists of all time because here is where the former train station houses 19th and 20th century artwork. This is where some of the most remarkable works like Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ can be seen while other Impressionism works by Monet, Manet, Degas and Manet are also showcased.

8. Tate Modern, London, England

The Tate Modern in London is perhaps one of the most known names in art galleries. Basically, the Tate Modern is home to a large collection of British art that has been collected from 1500 to the present day. It has about 70,000 artworks which include artists like Joseph Mallord William Turner and is also home to one of the largest Surrealism collections in the world today.

9. Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The Prado Museum in Madrid in which it is known to keep one of the largest collections in the world. It might not be the at the top but it surely is impressive considering that the museum keeps works from renowned Spanish greats like El Greco, Murillo and Goya.

10. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Here is where one would be able to see the works of the most remarkable pop artist like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol as well as Jackson Pollock is housed. The gallery is located in the heart of Washington D.C in which there are 2 sides of spaces while there is also a sculpture garden there.

**Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

This is not in the Top 10 but it is definitely worth mentioning.

Where this is concerned, the MoMA or Museum of Modern Art is where the more contemporary art is shown. There are essentially 6 floors of exhibition space here that spans across a wide variety of artform where among those that can be seen at the MoMa include ‘The Starry Night’by Vincent Van Gogh, Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’, Matisse’ ‘Dance(1)’, Pollock’s ‘One’ and the widely popular Andy Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’.


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