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20 Top museums of the world

24 December - 2018
by Vincent Moleveld


There are immense museums to visit all over the world, but what are the most popular museums? In this message we list 20 top museums of the world. These are the museums that should be on your bucket list! But one of the most visited museums in the world is in the Netherlands, so if you want to see all the most popular museums you will really have to pack your bags!

The National Art Center, Tokyo

The National Art Center Tokyo(NACT) is a unique museum. There is no permanent collection, instead the museum is a great location for changing art exhibitions. The museum focuses on twentieth-century painting and modern art and has 14,000 square meters of exhibition space.


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is the largest and most important museum in the Netherlands. It lies between the Stadhouderskade and the Museumplein in Amsterdam-Zuid and offers an overview of Dutch art and history in its more than 200 rooms. The collection includes works by 17th-century Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals. In the gallery of honor you will find world-famous paintings with the Night Watch as the showpiece. The Rijksprentenkabinet is also located in the building.

Rijksmuseum - 2014 - John Lewis Marshall - 04 (JPEG)

Museo del Prado, Madrid

The Museo del Prado is one of the largest and most famous art museums in the world, located in Madrid. The collection includes works from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The museum has 5000 drawings, 2000 prints, 1000 coins and medals, and around 2000 objects of applied art. There are approximately 700 images. The highlight is the collection of more than 8,800 paintings, with a large number of works by Spanish artists such as El Greco, Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Murillo, Francisco Goya, Luis de Morales and Francisco de Zurbarán.


Somerset House, London

The Somerset House is a Neo-classical building in the heart of London, between the Strand and the Thames. Somerset House organizes open-air concerts and films, and of course contemporary art and design exhibitions.


National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul

The National Folk Museum of Korea uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of the traditional life of the Korean people. The National Folk Museum of Korea consists of three large exhibition halls, with more than 98,000 art objects.

Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

The Hermitage in Saint Petersburg is one of the largest and most extensive art and cultural history museums in the world. The museum was founded in 1764 from the collection of Catherine the Great, who received over 300 paintings from Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky, because he could not fulfill his obligations. It includes a collection from antiquity (including Egypt), the Middle Ages and later art and culture, both from the west and the east. Archaeological finds and art from Asia and Russian culture from the 8th century to the 19th century are also well represented. The total collection contains more than 3 million pieces, collected in more than 2.5 centuries.


National Museum of Korea, Seoul

The National Museum of Korea is the flagship of South Korea's history and art. Since its foundation in 1945, the National Museum of Korea has had various studies and research activities in the field of archeology, history and art.


Museum of Modern Art, New York City

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York City is located in Manhattan and is one of the world's leading museums of modern and contemporary art. The collection consists of 20th century painting and sculpture, films and photos and an extensive collection of books.


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, also called "Museo Reina Sofía" after the Spanish Queen Sofía, is the most important museum of modern and contemporary art in Spain. The museum is mainly devoted to Spanish art. Many works of art come from the no longer existing museum of modern art, the Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, as well as from the modern art department of the Museo del Prado. The most famous work of the museum is 'Guernica' by Pablo Picasso. Highlight of the permanently exhibited museum collection of 570 objects: the works of the two Spanish twentieth-century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

North-east facade of Queen Sofia Museum (MNCARS) in Madrid (Spain).

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Victoria and Albert Museum manages a very extensive collection of applied art, such as (whether or not antique) utensils, industrial design, historical and fairly recent clothing and an extensive collection of corsets in the 'Dress Collection'. Every year there are various thematic exhibitions, accompanied by sound catalogs.


Musée d'Orsay, Paris

The Musée d'Orsay is an art museum that covers the history of Western art between 1848 and 1914, with a strong emphasis on 19th-century French art. The museum has a renowned collection of impressionist works by artists such as Édouard Manet, Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet, Renoir, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cézanne and Henri Rousseau . The museum also houses sculpture and applied art. The museum is part of the Réunion des musées nationaux et du Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées.

Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

The Musée National d'Art Moderne has the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world, with more than 100,000 works of art from 6,400 different artists from 90 countries. These works include paintings, sculptures, drawings, print, photography, film, new media, architecture and design.


National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

The National Gallery of Art is a national museum of visual arts in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The museum is not part of the Smithsonian Institution, but affiliated with it. The museum was set up in 1937 by the US Congress and opened on 17 March 1941 by President Roosevelt.


National Palace Museum, Taipei

The National Palace Museum is one of the national museums of China. It has more than 696,000 Chinese artifacts and artworks in the collection. It is one of the largest museums in the world. Most of the objects in the museum were once collected by China's ancient emperors.


Tate Modern, London

Tate Modern is the National Museum of Great Britain for International Modern Art and, together with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, is part of a group now known as the Tate Gallery. The exhibitions are housed in a former power station, the Bankside Power Station.


Vatican Museums, Vatican City

The Vatican Museums (I Musei Vaticani) is a group of museums in the Apostolic Palaces in which the art treasures of the Vatican can be viewed. This collection has been created over the centuries because popes purchased, commissioned or conquered works of art. There are a number of artworks and spaces in the museums that have become icons. The most important are: the Sistine Chapel, the Laocoön group, the Map Gallery, the Stanza della Segnatura and the Vatican Pinacotheek, a picture gallery.


National Gallery London, London

The National Gallery London is a museum of paintings located on the north side of Trafalgar Square in London. The museum offers a very complete overview of Western European paintings from the period between 1250 and 1900. The National Gallery possesses works by Leonardo da Vinci, Pieter Pauwel Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Hendrick ter Brugghen, Dirck Hals, Meindert Hobbema, Vincent van Gogh, Titian, Sandro Botticelli, Jan van Eyck, Willem Drost, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Diego Velázquez, John Constable, William Hogarth, William Turner and Joseph Wright.


Metropoliton Museum of Art, New York City

The Metropoliton Museum of Art, also called The MET, is the largest and one of the most important art museums in the world. The museum is located on the eastern side of Central Park in Manhattan, New York. The permanent collection contains more than 2 million works of art with many paintings and sculptures from all over the world, ranging from treasures of Classical antiquity to works by practically every European master and to an extensive collection of American art. The museum also has an important collection of Egyptian, Roman and Greek, African, Asian, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, Byzantine and Islamic art treasures.


British Museum, London

The British Museum is the national museum of the United Kingdom and is located on Great Russell Street in London. The collection of art objects is one of the largest collections in the world. Every year more than 6 million people visit the museum that has an extensive collection of antiquities and exceptional art objects from ancient and contemporary civilizations. The collection spans more than a million years of human history and is seen as one of the most beautiful in the world.


Louvre, Paris

The Louvre museum is the most visited museum in the world. The Louvre (Musée du Louvre or Le Louvre) is one of the world's largest museums located in the 1st district of the French capital Paris. It is just north of the Seine. It consists of three wings: the Richelieu wing, the Sully wing and the Denon wing. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is probably the most famous piece from the Louvre collection.


With its collections, the Louvre wants to be an encyclopedia of the arts. The collections are subdivided as follows: Middle Eastern antiquities, Art of Islam, Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, Sculpture, Art objects, Western Painting and Graphic art.

Source: Wikipedia