All over the globe, there are vast collections of art that are available for everyone to see. But what is one thing these museums and galleries across the world have in common? An ability to make your jaw drop as soon you enter these museums. These museums make people think differently about society, and let people explore the rich cultures, history, and topics through their carefully curated collections. In this article, we have listed some of the top-notch art museums around the world.
1. Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain
Museo Reina Sofia has always been known as the most cultural place where the artwork retells the history of Spain and gives a thorough insight of its future. Reina Sofia’s signature exhibition contains the works of Salvador Dali and the most powerful oil painting, Guernica of Pablo Picasso which depicts the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. They also have a whole collection of over 25,000 art pieces of the Spanish artists from the 20th century.
2. Tate Modern in London, England
The Tate has 4 galleries in the UK: St Ives, Britain, Modern and Liverpool. The cavernous galleries house a vast permanent collection and blockbuster collections which pull in the crowds. It also has a wide collection of British art from the 1500 till the present day and it also includes up to 75,000 artworks.
3. The Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria
The Albertina Museum was established in 1805, it features one of the most important European collections of international modern art. It houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with over 65,000 drawings and over 1 million old master prints.
4. Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, the US
The Art Institute of Chicago was opened in 1879 and is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the US which hosts over 1.5 million people annually. Its collection features more than 5,000 human expressions from cultures all around the globe and it also contains more than 300,000 works of art in 11 curatorial departments.
5. Grand Palais in Paris, France
The Grand Palais was opened in 1900. It is a large historic site, exhibition hall and a museum dedicated to the organization of publishing books, exhibitions, photographic agency, hosting major fairs, art workshops and events. The Grand Palais receives over 2.5 million visitors every year.
6. Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia
The Hermitage Museum is the second largest and eighth most visited art museum in the world. It is situated in the former Royal Winter Palace, and it was founded by Catherine the Great but opened its doors to the public in 1852. It has a vast variety of collections but only 60,000 pieces of artwork are on permanent display which include Madonna Litta by Leonardo Da Vinci and Peacock Clock by James Cox.
7. Kunsthaus Zürich in Zürich, Switzerland
The Kunsthaus Zürich features Switzerland’s most important art collections from the 13th century to the present day. While the museum places an emphasis on Swiss artists, you can also find works from the likes of Picasso, Warhol and Monet.
8. The Louvre Museum in Paris, France
The Louvre is one of the largest museums that has way more to offer than just Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It is home to over 35,000 pieces of artwork which contains Egyptian antiques, crown jewels, artwork by renowned Botticelli and much more. It also represents all periods of European artwork till the revolutions of 1848.
9. Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts
MFA is the 17th largest art museum in the world and hosts one of the most extensive collections in the US. It houses over 8,000 paintings and exceeds over 1 million visitors each year. Art pieces by world-renowned artists like Monet, Van-Gogh and Gauguin are featured here with sculptures, mummies and other artefacts from the ancient civilizations.
10. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
The Metropolitan Museum of Art which is also known as “The MET,” is one of the largest art museums in the US and the 4th most visited museum in the world with over 6 million visitors each year. The permanent collection contains more than 2 million works from ancient Egypt, sculptures and an extensive collection of American and modern art. It also has extensive holdings of Asian, African, Byzantine and Islamic art dating back to the 7th century.
11. Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) is Brazil’s first modern art museum and is internationally recognized for its collection of European art because it is considered the finest museum in Latin America. The museum features Brazilian prints, art and drawings as well as collections of Asian and African art, antiquities, amounting to more than 8,000 pieces. The museum also has one of the largest art libraries in the country.
12. Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France
The Musée d’Orsay is one of the largest art museums in Europe which was opened in 1986 and has over 3.6 million visitors each year. The museum mainly holds French art dating from 1848 to 1914 which includes furniture, paintings, photography and sculptures. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post- Impressionist masterpieces in the world which includes works by Manet, Monet, Van-Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, Degas, Sisley and many more.