Cultural tourism is the reason for many travelers to explore the world. If you are a culture lover and your travels are dominated by visiting all the museums in the city, discover with us the best museums in the world.

Museums are the best places to learn about the past and expand our knowledge, making them a reliable source for research purposes.

However, museums are not only repositories of the history of many civilizations and/or dynasties, but they are also sources of inspiration for people who like to collect the best offerings and teachings of history and update them to make them relevant to current times.

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During the pandemic, art and culture fans were able to take virtual tours of the best museums in the world, since due to Covid-19 they closed their doors. So if you want to know more about it, we recommend you to read our article about the best virtual tours without leaving home!

But finally, after a long wait, you can travel again and you can visit museums again. So, museum lover, stay tuned! Because, although the list of the best museums in the world is quite long, in this article we have adapted it to the top 10 must-see museums in the world.

Let ‘s get started! 

What are the 10 best museums in the world?

1. Louvre Museum, Paris, France.

A museum that you may have already visited, but it has to be on this list. But, if you have not yet gone to see the wonders hidden in this museum, it is time to do it.

The Louvre belongs to the top 5 museums in the world, besides being the second largest museum in the world and one of the most famous, both for its impressive building and for the works that are in it. It is home to “La Gioconda”, the most famous painting in the world.

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The Louvre’s collection consists of 445,000 works of which only 35,000 are on display.

It receives millions of visits every year, and that is why it was awarded the first place among the most visited museums in the world in 2020. Undoubtedly, it is a must-see museum.

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, EE.UU.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is one of the most outstanding art museums in the world, as it has treasures from classical antiquity, especially from Greece and Cyprus, and works by almost all the great European and American artists.

Among them are: El Greco, Rembrandt, Picasso, Raphael, Velázquez, Titian, among others.

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In addition, we must highlight its African and Egyptian art, as well as its collection of sculptures by Rodin. It is located in Central Park in one of the most beautiful areas of Manhattan.

3. The National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

This museum has more than 2300 objects of great value in its collection. It is one of the best museums in the world, and the best in London. Highlights include several works such as “The Sunflowers” by Van Gogh, “The Hay Wagon” by John Constable, or “The Portrait” of Arnolfini by Jan van Eyck.

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In addition, like many other museums in London, admission is free, making the National Gallery one of the most accessible encyclopedic collections in the world. It receives about 5,229,190 visitors each year and is one of the most popular museums in the UK.

4. Prado National Museum, Madrid, Spain

The Prado Museum is the best museum in Spain, as well as being one of the most visited museums in the world.

For centuries, kings and queens took care of art with passion and good taste. For this reason, its collection consists of 35,000 works and includes works by El Greco, Velázquez, El Bosco, Titian and Rubens.

Ferdinand VII opened the collection to the public in 1819, in the same neoclassical building it is today, designed by Juan de Villanueva. Its most important works are “The Three Graces” by Rubens and “Las Meninas” by Velázquez.

5. Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Italy

The Vatican Museums belong to the best museums in Rome, and have a unique history dating back to the acquisition of Laocoön and his sons by Pope Julius II in 1506. Twenty-two separate collections comprise the Vatican Museums, each more spectacular than the last.

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The most important works in the Vatican are Michelangelo’s “The Ceiling of the famous Sistine Chapel” and Raphael’s “The Stanze”, among others. Every year, the Vatican Museums receive approximately 6,427,280 visitors, so they also belong to the top 5 museums in the world.

6. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

This museum is one of those museums that deserve a place in the list of the best museums in the world, besides being a must-see.

It was founded in 1764, and is the largest art museum in the world. However, it was not opened until 1852. The Hermitage has managed to acquire a spectacular collection of world art with more than three million works that span history, from the Stone Age to the early twentieth century.

It consists of 6 buildings along the Neva River and its main attractions are: The Golden Treasure Gallery and pieces from the private collection of Nicholas II, which includes drawings, paintings and medals created to commemorate his coronation.

7. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

It is located north of Avenida da Liberdade and for many the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum belongs to one of the best museums in Lisbon.

It is named after a philanthropist of Armenian origin who bequeathed his estate to Portugal before his death.

It has Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Persian objects, as well as paintings by European painters such as Renoir, Rubens and Rembrandt.

8. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This museum also belongs to the best museums in the world thanks to the 900,000 pieces that fill it. It is the largest collection of art and history in the Netherlands.

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It was founded in 1800 and owes its fame to the paintings of the Dutch masters of the eighteenth century, including Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn.

The most outstanding work is “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt.

9. National Museum of China, Beijing

It was inaugurated in 2003, making it one of the most recent museums in the world. It is the merger of two other museums: the National Museum of the Revolution and the National Museum of Chinese History.

It is one of the largest museums in the world and covers Chinese history from Yuanmou man 1.7 million years ago to the end of the Qing Dynasty.

Among his works are: cannons, vases, reliefs, paintings, etc..

10.  Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

This museum is one of the best museums in Athens, thanks to its incredible transparent glass floor that offers a walk through history with the archaeological excavation and the impressive galleries on the first floor.

The main attraction of this hotel is: The Parthenon frieze mounted on a structure with the same dimensions as the Parthenon cella.With this list of the 10 best museums in the world, surely you are already preparing your suitcase to go and see the most spectacular works of art on the planet. Enjoy them!

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