Take a step back in time with some of the most influential and memorable artefacts in human history. Read on to find out which museums around the world are an absolute must-see for just about every traveller out there.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, U.S.A.
With over two million works, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest in the United States, and among the 10 largest in the world. Here, you’ll find impressive arts from Asia, the Americas, Oceania, Africa and other countries. You’ll also find more than 17,000 Greek and Roman artefacts, ceramics and textiles from Islamic cultures, medieval and Byzantine art, and over 900,000 books, manuscripts, and periodicals. In addition, there are several paintings from artists like Monet and Picasso, just to name a couple.
Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, Netherlands
The museum is dedicated to Dutch history, comprised of nearly 1 million objects, including works from Rembrandt and Frans Hals. The museum’s relics date back as far as the year 1200 and tell the story of Dutch history throughout the ages to the present day. The museum is mostly known for its impressive collection of 17th century paintings, including The Night Watch by Rembrandt, and other art displays from the Middle Ages. Though manly specific to Dutch history, this museum is home to the works of some of the most famous artists in human history.
Museo Nacional del Prado – Madrid, Spain
Established in 1819, the Museo Nacional del Prado is the most significant museum in Spain. Located in Madrid, visitors can enjoy an astonishing collection of Spanish art, including paintings and sculptures, dating back to the 12th century. This museum proudly holds pieces from the Spanish royal family, as well as world-renowned masterpieces like Francisco De Goya’s La Maja Desnuda and La Maja Vestida. In addition, the museum comprises of paintings from famous artists like Titian, Diego Velázquez, and Peter Paul Rubens. The building itself is also an impressive sight to see, originally commissioned by Charles III of Spain in 1785.
The Egyptian Museum – Cairo, Egypt
It isn’t surprising that the largest collection of Egyptian art and history is living within the walls of the Egyptian Museum. Among its most valuable assets are artefacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb, the most famous boy king, whose cause of death remains a mystery to this day. In addition, the Egyptian Museum also contains the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, mummies, and golden masks of Ancient Egypt’s kings, including an 11kg, solid gold mask that also belonged to King Tut.
Smithsonian Institution – Washington, D.C, U.S.A.
Comprised of 19 individual museums, galleries and research stations, the Smithsonian complex is home to millions of historical specimens, documents, artworks, and books. However, there is one drawback. With so many millions of things to see, it’s unlikely you’ll ever see the entirety of the Smithsonian in your lifetime. The best way to enjoy this complex is to create a list of sights you most want to see and plan your trajectory through the collection of museums and galleries. Among some of the most famous items, you’ll find the original star-spangled banner, the Hope Diamond, and the Wright Brothers’ Flyer.