Museums in all corners of the world make people think differently about society, they let people explore the rich history, new cultures and topics through their carefully curated collections. However, many people are quick to dismiss the museum experience as boring but, hey, it’s time to think again. We have selected some of the top ten best educational yet magical museums from all around the world for you to consider when planning your next trip.
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
A group of Americans brought up the idea of art education which dates back to 1866, however, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) opened in 1870 in the historic Dodworth building. The museum presents artwork that is almost 5,000 years old. It also showcases Islamic artwork dating back to the 7th century and the renowned Edgar Degas’ painting The Dance Class.
2. Tate Modern in London, England
Tate Modern is one of the most visited galleries of modern and contemporary art in the world. The gallery showcases the brilliant groundbreaking works including Nude Woman with Necklace by Pablo Picasso and Marilyn Diptych by Andy Warhol. 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. Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia
Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world which is situated in the former Royal Winter Palace. 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 a few items are on permanent display. The museum has over 3.5 million items which also includes some of the most famous and largest collections of paintings from around the world.
4. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) contains over more than 35 million objects in its permanent collections. The museum also offers numerous resources, programs, tours and classes for school trips. With their exceptional programs, the museum offers an unforgettable marvelous experience for everyone who wishes to visit the museum.
5. 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. The museum represents all periods of European art till the revolutions of 1848. It is home to over 35,000 pieces of artwork which contains crown jewels, Egyptian antiques, artwork by renowned Botticelli and much more.
6. Museo Larco in Lima, Peru
Museo Larco is situated in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima; this museum specializes in pre-Columbian art from 5,000 years ago of Peruvian history. The museum was established back in 1926. Museo Larco’s permanent collection consists of a gold and silver gallery which displays the largest collection of pre-Columbian jewelry that was once worn by notable emperors of that era.
7. The Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece
The Acropolis Museum is a must-visit place. The views of this museum are simply breathtaking. Not only this, the Acropolis of Athens and its monuments has some of the greatest architectural and artistic complexes with unique exhibits.
8. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, Egypt
The Egyptian Museum (EMC) is one of the largest museums in North Africa which consists of over 120,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts. It has the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. Thousands of people visit this museum daily, and the fun most exciting part is that the visitors get a chance to come face to face with the gold mask of Tutankhamun which has over 11 kilograms of solid gold.
9. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1945 but was turned into an institution of international modernist art and architecture. The museum displays over 5,000 pieces of collection from 1945 till today from a vast variety of styles which includes American Pop Art, Global Realism and Eclectic European Nouveau. The main aim of this museum is to educate people about every work that has been displayed there and the impact it has on today’s society.
10. Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain
Museo Reina Sofia has always been known as the most cultural place where the artwork retells the past stories and history of Spain and gives a thorough insight of its future. Reina Sofia’s signature exhibition contains the works of Salvador Dali and, also the most powerful oil painting, Guernica of Pablo Picasso which depicts the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Apart from this, they have a whole collection of approximately 25,000 art pieces of the Spanish artists from the 20th century.