If you are curious about the history, cultural, scientific or artistic history of a society, museums should be at the top of your ultimate goals. In addition to learning the information you are curious about by simply searching books or the internet, you can become more familiar with the subjects by examining the works in museums. It is important not only to study the history of other societies, but also to learn about the history of your own country, to know the geography you live in, to better understand its cultural values.
It’s hard to see all the museums around the world. But we have listed for you the number 10 museums in the world that you should see if you can. If you travel to the regions where these museums are located, we recommend that you take the museums that we will talk about on the must-see list.
The Vatican Museums
Founded by Pope Julius II in 1473, the Vatican Museums are still among the largest in the world. You can see the collections of the Renaissance period in these museums. Especially in the Sistene Chapel, where Michelangelo’s painting “The Last Trial”, which is one of the most famous works of the Renaissance period, forms the most important part of the museums in the Vatican.
In palaces built for the Popes of that period, such as the Sistene Chapel, you can see various works. Some museums are free of charge, while others pay small amounts such as 5-10 euros to visit these museums.
The museum, located in Paris, France, contains more than 300 thousand artifacts. It is home to artifacts from Egyptian, Greek, Arab and many more civilizations. In the Louvre, the world’s largest and best-known art museum, you can see works by famous painters such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, including the Mona Lisa.
As I said, the museum, where there are quite a lot of works, is located in a very large area. It can take more than 3 weeks to see the entire museum. But in the world’s most visited museum, not only France, but many civilizations ‘ paintings, sculptures, etc. to study and to know only about the artifacts is a reason to visit this museum.
The museum, located in London, England, exhibits Antiquities brought from all parts of the world. In fact, when the museum was founded in 1753, only manuscripts and some antique pieces were on display. Later, the museum authorities realized that interest in archaeology had increased, and began to exhibit in the museum by “stealing” or buying priceless artifacts from various parts of the world, especially from Anatolia and Thrace. Currently, many important works belonging to the Greek and Egyptian civilizations are exhibited in this museum. It is possible, however sad, to see the artifacts they have also missed from Turkey.
The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is among the most popular and oldest art museums in the west. Italian painter Sandro Botticelli’s famous painting “The Birth of Venus“ may be cited as the museum’s most popular work. If you are interested in painting, and you end up in Italy, you can visit the Uffizi to see works by world-renowned painters such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Raphael. The entry price is 8-10 euros and you should be willing to wait 2-3 hours at the door even in the quietest time to enter the museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or Met, is one of the largest museums in the world, hosting more than 2 million works. It is possible to see various works in categories such as Egyptian, Greek, European, Islamic and Japanese art. Just like the British Museum, artefacts from various geographies of the world, including Anatolia, are being gathered and displayed at the Met for enthusiasts to study. There is no fixed amount set for the entry price. You can visit the museum for free or for a small fee.
Museo del Prado
The Prado Museum, located in Madrid, Spain’ s capital, was first established as a gallery displaying sculptures and Paintings. Later thousands of works, including medals, coins, drawings and prints, went on display in the museum. It is currently one of the first stops visited by every tourist visiting Madrid. Many important paintings by Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya are on display in the museum, and the most important work in the museum is Diego Velazquez’s work Las Meninas.
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo was founded by Kavalali Mehmet Ali Pasha, the governor of Egypt at the time, to prevent the trade and looting of artifacts from the ancient Egyptian civilization. In the museum, which contains more than 120 thousand artifacts, Tutankhamun’s tomb and mummies will be very interesting for those who want to make an interesting trip to the museum. Although it was tried to be looted by some protesters during the revolt in Egypt, it was later found that not much damage was done to the artifacts in the museum.
Founded in 1800, the Rijksmuseum is the National Museum of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam. Many works from the Dutch Golden Age are on display in this museum and the museum also houses the largest Art History Library in the Netherlands. Rembrandt’s famous painting The Night Watch, one of Europe’s most important painters, is known as the most popular work in the museum.
Founded in Washington in 1846, the museum is known as the largest museum in the world. It is also at its peak among the museums that attract the most visitors. It consists of 19 different museum complexes such as the American History Museum, The Natural History Museum, the Native American Museum, and at the same time, it is free to visit the museums. A total of 136 million pieces are on display at the museum, while 6.4 million pieces are open to visitors digitally.
The State Hermitage
Located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, it was built by Tsarina II. The Hermitage Museum (the State Hermitage), founded by Katerina in 1764, is among the largest and oldest museums in the world. It is also home to more than 3 million works, most of them paintings. If you want to examine the paintings of many world-famous painters such as Leonarda Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Francisco Goya, Michelangelo, Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, you must visit the museums.