Art, in some quotas, has been described as the soul of civilization. The premise of this notion emanates from the fact that people’s art describes their most important and cherished values, their cultural trends over time and most importantly, it documents their aspirations.
With this in mind, people who cherish and love art and artifacts usually turn to museums to indulge in their love of art viewing or even fulfilling their curiosity of art pieces. Therefore, museums have attained cultural value that is of utmost importance to human civilization and cultural development. However, some of the museums that house invaluable art pieces and pieces of history are in the upper echelon of museums, thus becoming very famous among art lovers.
Regardless of whether the famous museums stand out owing to the number of art pieces they house, or importance and value of the art pieces they house, these museums have carved out a unique reputation for themselves as being sanctuaries of art. Herein are some of the most famous art museums around the world.
#1. Musée du Louvre (In Paris, France)
Commonly known as just Le Louvre, this one of the most famous museums, owing to the art pieces the museum houses. It is home to the some of the world famous and renowned art pieces, including Mona Lisa which was done by Leonardo da Vinci, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo. The museum itself is a historical monument because it housed the royal family of France, up until it was converted into a museum two centuries ago.
If you are into fine art, Le Louvre offers some of the finest you will ever find on the face of the planet.
#2. Vatican Museums (In Vatican, Rome, Italy)
Another great collection of fine art is to be found in Vatican. The Vatican Museum, also known as the Musei Vaticani, houses some of the most impressive collection of art done by some of the most revered artists of all time. Some of the exhibits that attract people from all over the world to this museum in their million include Michelangelo’s artwork in the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the sculptures found in Museo Pio Clementino. There are other exhibits that contain Leonardo da Vinci works too.
#3. The British Museum (In London, England)
If your main interest is archeological and ethnographical artifacts, the British Museum is the destination for you. It contains some a wide plethora of prehistoric artifacts. The exhibits include prehistoric bones, Egyptian antiquities including the Rosetta Stone and many other exhibits. It a good place to acquaint yourself with human history and our accomplishment as a species over time.
#4. Metropolitan Museum Of Art (In New York, U.S.A)
For variety, this is the best destination since there are tons for every art form. There are 2 million art pieces to view, including paintings by Pollock and Picasso and world famous Greek sculptures. The variety of antiquity art pieces as well as modern art makes a visit to the largest Museum in the Western Hemisphere worth it
#5. Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Institution contains some of the most famous art galleries and museums in the U.S. It comprises the National Gallery of Art, National History Museum, American History Museum and much other building that contain more than 137 million artifacts. The sheer number of artifacts is mind-boggling, to say the least. However, give it a try and you will be amazed even more.
#6. State Hermitage (In St. Petersburg, Russia)
Russia is not to be left behind in matters of art. The State Hermitage is arguably one the best place to view the art accomplishments by Western European countries. The Western European art featured in some 120 rooms contain works by some of the most famous artists, including the likes of Rubens, da Vinci, Picasso, Titian, Goya and many other famous artists.
#7. Prado Museum (Madrid, Spain)
Prado Museum one of the best museums to view Spanish art. Opened to the public by the Spanish king, Fernando VII in 1819, The Prado has served as the best institute to indulge in viewing some of the most famous Spanish artists such as Ribera, Zurbaran, Murillo, Goya, Velazquez and El Greco. The museum also houses a plethora of Italian art including pieces by Raphael and Titian. The most famous piece of art on display is The Three Graces, done by Rubens.
Other notably famous museums include the Art Institute Of Chicago (In Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A), Uffizi Gallery (In Florence, Italy), Rijksmuseum, (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and The Acropolis Museum, (Athens, Greece).Read More