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TOP 10 GREATEST MUSEUMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

10. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

The State Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. It holds over 3 million items, including the largest painting collection in the world! If you are wanting to visit we recommend heading there on the first Thursday of the month as entrance is free of charge for all visitors.

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9. The Getty Center, Los Angeles

The Getty is one of the world’s largest arts organisations and their Getty Center is a beautiful museum. It is well known for its architecture, gardens and incredible views of LA. 

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8. National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.

If you are an aircraft enthusiast you will love the National Air and Space Museum. The museum holds the holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world and is currently the 5th most visited museum in the world!

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7. The Gallery of the Academy, Florence

The Gallery of the Academy is the home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David. It also has many other sculptures by Michelangelo and an extensive collection of Renaissance paintings.

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6. The Acropolis Museum, Athens

The Acropolis Museum in Athens is an archaeological museum, holding the largest collection of ancient Greek artifacts. It holds the most extensive group of Korai statues, and the sculptures that once adorned the Parthenon.

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5. The Egyptian Museum, Cairo

The Egyptian Museum is home to an incredible collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. With over 120,000 items on display, and many more in storerooms, it is an amazing museum full of history. 

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4. National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.

The National Museum of Natural History is free to enter and the third most visited museum in the world. Opened in 1910, it was one of the first Smithsonian’s to be built. The museum’s collections total over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts.

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3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Met in New York is the largest art museum in the US and one of the most visited art museums in the world. Its permanent collection contains more than two million pieces! The admission is a pay what you wish, with a recommendation of $25. 

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2. Vatican Museums, Rome

The Vatican Museums are located in the Vatican City and are renown for their immense collection of classical sculptures and masterpieces of Renaissance art, built up by the Popes throughout the centuries. On the last Sunday of each month the museum is open to the public for free, but you will be waiting in line for hours!

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1. The Louvre, Paris

The Louvre, originally a royal palace but now the world’s most visited museum, is a must-visit for anyone interest in art. Some of the world’s most celebrated works of art are found at The Louvre including the Venus of Milo, the Nike of Samothrace, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and of course Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The museum has a collection of over one million works of art and needs to be put on your bucket list pronto!

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Which museum is at the top of your list?

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  • You couldn’t be more spot on, especially with the inclusion of the National Museum of Natural History. As a citizen of the District of Columbia, I am a frequent visitor to the museums and I always make a point to stop by the NMNH. However, I wish you had included the Newseum, also located in Washington D.C. I don’t know if you all stopped there, but you should, it’s fantastic.

  • I’ve never been to America so I find it difficult to comment on almost half those on the list (or are they really the BEST at museums?) but Cairo Museum, the Vatican and the Louvre are all definitive examples of reasons to travel to those cities alone. And the British Museum in London? How wonderful that there are SO many museums worthy of such a list!