Very few of us can deny the fact that we have all, at least once thought of going back in time. The reasons aren’t as important as the thought itself. So, hold on to that while we take a look at some of the best museums around the globe that can transport you to bygone eras and cultures.
#1 The Metropolitan Museum, New York
The largest and most visited museum in the world, The Met is home to over 2 million pieces of artefacts. From the land of pharaohs to the Ming dynasty, the Met’s collection is curated into 17 sections. These include works of art from ancient Egypt, sculptures and painting by all European masters and modern American art. The Met grants us a glimpse of ancient African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine and Islamic art as well, and if that wasn’t enough, you could lose yourself in their arms and armour section! Let your imagination put you on the battlefields with medieval knights and samurais, dating all the way back to the 5th century. A truly fascinating institution with priceless exhibits, The Metropolitan Museum deserves 1st place on your bucket list.
#2 Museo del Prado, Madrid
The main Spanish National art museum, the Museo del Prado was founded in 1819 in Madrid. Although originated as a home for art works, it has an extensive collection of several other kinds. Its exquisite collection of European art works dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century allows it to be 1 of the most visited sites in the world. The works of masters such as Francisco de Goya, Diego Velazquez, El Greco and Raphael can be ogled at in this brilliant museum.
#3 The Louvre Museum, Paris
Next stop, the city love- Paris! The Louvre Museum or Musée du Louvre was originally a fortress made by Philip II. What started as an exhibition of confiscated church art of 537 pieces, now showcases 8 curatorial departments which include Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. With 15000 visitors per day, it’s the second most visited museum in the world. If you wish to relive the renaissance and medieval ages, The Louvre is the place for it.
#4 Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
The oldest museum in the world, The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia lies along the Palace Embankment. It consists of 6 large palatial structures including the Winter Palace. If you plan on visiting the Hermitage Museum, be prepared to get overwhelmed by works from all over the world including works by Michelangelo, Picasso, Renoir, Monet and several others.
#5 The National Gallery, London
Looming over the Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, the National Gallery is an outstanding museum. Unlike others, this wasn’t a royal institute but a governmental effort to home cultural heritage. Its 1 of the most visited museums in the world and can be visited free of charge. This museum has several controversies and tales of evacuation of their contents during the World War II and the Battle of France.
#6 The Acropolis Museum, Athens
This beauty is located in Athens and one can find every rock worth preserving from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It was founded relatively late on around 2003 and is the result of extensive excavation of the Acropolis Hills. The Acropolis Museum has won several accolades for its excellence.
#7 The British Museum, London
An amazing educational institute, the British Museum dedicates itself to showcasing human history, arts and culture. It is one of the largest museums with about 8 million works from all over the world. Instead of focussing on just any particular type of works, the British Museum has acquired the evolution of man from every possible continent and is definitely worth a visit.
#8 Accademia Gallery, Florence
The very iconic and chiselled sculpture of David by Michelangelo resides in Accademia Gallery or the Gallery of the Academy of Florence, Italy. Originally it was made to showcase and preserve works by Michelangelo but has several other pieces including those from the renaissance.
#9 The National WWII Museum, New Orleans
If tales and films of war are your thing, the D-Day Museum or the National WWII Museum is definitely going to blow your mind. Built in 2000, this institute was made to reminisce the American experience in the World War II. With a Supermarine Spitfire and a Douglas C-47 Skytrain hanging from the ceiling, this museum has an arsenal of iconic war machines that were used in the devastating war. And for a little ‘extra kick’ you could take part in the war games held there.
#10 The Getty Center, Los Angeles
Founded in J. Paul Getty’s house in 1954, the Getty Museum is a lot more than just a museum. It boasts the largest collection of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs. Also, the Getty Research Centre has an impressive collection of 900,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and auction catalogues; special collections; and two million photographs of art and architecture. With additional activities like GRI’s other activities include exhibitions, publications, and a residential scholars program, the Getty Center has a lot to offer your grey cells.