Take in the Most Extraordinary Examples of Human Culture by Visiting the Following 5 Museums
1- The Louvre Museum, Paris – With almost 10 million visitors per year, the Louvre offers its visitors the chance to see a vast, unrivalled collection of works of art with Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as its main attraction. The Louvre was first built as a fortress in the 12th century, but later it was transformed to a magnificent palace where the Sun King Louis XIV lived. It’s impossible to go round the different sections in just one day, so plan your visit carefully. For example, you may want to visit the departments of Sculptures and Paintings in the morning, the Greek and Roman Antiquities’ Section in the evening and the departments of the Egyptian Antiquities and the Islamic Arts the following day.
2- The British Museum, London – Since it was founded in 1753, this world-famous museum has undergone a large number of changes, additions and collection readjustments. Today, visitors will be amazed with the millions of exhibits that come from all continents of the globe, while they will have the chance to get acquainted with the evolution of human culture throughout the centuries. From the most comprehensive objects of prehistoric times to wonderful medieval ornaments and from amazing Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman antiquities to highly important Asian, African and American collections, visitors to the British Museum, will have the chance to experience the cultures of the world under one roof.
3- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – Just like the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum presents all aspects of the cultural development throughout the ages and from all continents of the world. The Museum opened in 1872, occupies an area of 190,000 m2 and it accepts over 6 million visitors per year. You will definitely need more than 3-4 visits to go round its 17 curatorial departments. If you want something different, don’t miss to visit the photographs and musical instruments departments.
4- National Palace Museum, Taiwan – This is one of the most famous museums in Asia and its exhibits cover 10,000 years of Chinese history and culture. The museum opened in Taipei in 1965, but most of its exhibits were transported from the Forbidden City in Beijing to Taiwan from 1931 to 1945 to prevent destruction during the Sino-Japanese War. Visitors will have the chance to admire thousands of valuable antiquities, such as enamel wares, carvings, ceramics, coins, and jades, while the painting and calligraphy department covers a wide variety of painting genres and calligraphy works from the Jin Dynasty (265-420 AD). Don’t miss the rare books and fans departments.
5- The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome – A visit to the Vatican City can be a unique experience that would take you back in time and give you the chance to admire the masterpieces of Renaissance art. The first Vatican Museum was founded by Pope Julius II in 1506, but since that time a large number of museums have been established in the city. The Vatican museums contain marvelous marble sculptures, impressive mosaics, ancient busts by renowned Greek and Roman sculptors, items from archeological excavations, and a collection of ancient Egyptian items. The Vatican Museums are visited by more than 5.5 million people per year.