The word “museum” can conjure up a wide range of images. Maybe you think of the Louvre or British Museum and imagine vast rooms filled with treasures from around the world. Or maybe you think back to your school days and remember the dusty natural history museum in town, where you went on field trips with your class and learned about dinosaurs. Well, there are some museums that everybody simply needs to visit!
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
The Hermitage is an art museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. The collections at The Hermitage include about 3 million items from prehistory to modern times; they are divided into six curatorial departments: architecture; applied arts; antiquities (including Egyptian artifacts); numismatics; paintings; and sculptures and works of art on paper (including icons).
The highlights of its collection include Rembrandt van Rijn’s “Night Watch”; Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”; Cezanne’s “Bathers” series of six paintings depicting figures in a landscape bathing pool surrounded by ivy-covered trees; Poussin’s “The Triumph of Venus” which was painted around 1630 when he lived in Rome with his patron Cardinal Francesco Barberini whose coat of arms appears above Venus’ head on this canvas – as well as many other great works by artists like Rubens.
Louvre Museum, Paris, France
The museum is so famous, it really doesn’t need any extensive introduction..
The Louvre Museum is located in Paris, France. It is the most visited museum in the world with over 9 million visitors each year. The Louvre’s collection includes more than 35,000 sculptures, 2 million paintings and objects of art, 600,000 coins and medals as well as 4 million drawings and prints.
Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece
If you’re in Athens, you have to visit the Acropolis Museum. It’s the largest museum in Greece and it has a great collection of sculptures and artefacts from the ancient world. You can also see some pieces that are only on display here, like the famous Nike of Samothrace statue.
The museum is housed inside a former warehouse built by one of Greece’s most famous architects at the turn of the 20th century. This building has been renovated so that it blends seamlessly with its surroundings—and no trip to Athens would be complete without ascending to its rooftop terrace for some breathtaking views of this historic city.
Athens may be filled with museums but none offer quite as much history as this one does; if you want to get an overview of ancient Greek culture then this is definitely where you should start your tour!
National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Mexico
This spectacular museum is the largest museum in Mexico and has a collection of over 180,000 pieces. The museum is located on Paseo de la Reforma, just north of the Alameda Central park (which you can visit during your trip). It’s open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except Mondays, which are free from 10 am to 5 pm.
There are five floors that house exhibits related to pre-Hispanic cultures. There are also temporary exhibitions held here as well as concerts featuring music from different regions around the world such as Africa and Asia.