Now, I know that visiting a museum is not really what we usually consider fun or exciting; that isn’t really my Friday evening schedule. However, when was there a bad time to learn something new? Museums showcase who we are: discoveries, success, failure. So, which are the best museums in the world? Here’s my list of the best meseums in the world.
26. Smithsonian American Museum Of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
Aerial view of the Museum of Natural History and the Federal Triangle. The museum’s collections total over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. It is the second most popular of all of the Smithsonian museums and is also home to about 185 professional natural history scientists Ñ the largest group of scientists dedicated to the study of natural and cultural history in the world.
The smithsonian Museum Open 364 days a year. The Smithsonian is the most visited natural history museum in the world. The Smithsonian museums have the biggest number of scientists who are studying natural and cultural history.
25. National Gallery, British museum, London
The national gallery of art located at the top of the Trafalgar Square in London; The National houses great samples of the world’s great art treasures. What’s even more impressive is that a visit to this British museum won’t cost you a thing. They just open the doors and in you go. How cool is that?
24. The Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Having Michelangelo paint your ceiling will make everyone want to pop round and take a look when it’s done. And, if Raphael was in charge of drawing frescoes over your bedroom wall – four bedrooms, to be exact – then you better take the time to welcome a lot of people. Learn more about vatican city here
23. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul
Istanbul Tyrkia 28 – 31. mai. 06. Topkapi Palace bygget mellom 1459 og 1465 av Mehmet II. Var hovedsetet til Sultanen som var politisk og religiøs leder av empireret. Sultanens funksjon ble avviklet i 1922. Da ble Tyrkia republikk og hovedstaden flyttet til Ankara. Sultanens Harem. Sultanen hadde 4 offisielle koner, ca 10 prioriterte koner – og så resten. Sultanens mor – Valide sultan (eng) var den som valgte ut konene til Sultanen.
For almost half a millennium, the Ottoman monarchs lived here. Nowadays it’s a museum where you can find Muhammed’s coat and some bits of John the Baptist, like his hand, arm, and part of his head. Not that that’s fun in any way, but it’s an important piece of history, especially since Topkapi palace was built over 500 years ago.
22. Salt And Pepper Shaker Museum, Tennessee
Usually museums house the masterpiece works of the great artists, or celebrate greatdiscoveries; but not this place. Here is where a lot of salt and pepper pots await your visit. Andrea Ludden has collected 22,000 sets of them, and they’re on display; I can’t seem to find a reason why, but no matter.
21. Musee d’Orsay, Paris
The Musee d’Orsay only opened in 1986. It used to be a train station, but now holds the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world – most of it French, naturally. Here, visitors can glance at art by Renoir, Degas, Monet, and his older brother More Monet. And that’s incredible! find out more about Musee d’Orsayhere
20. The Uffizi, Florence
The Uffizi gallery was completed in the 16th century- 1581 to be precise – which is why this is one of Europe’s oldest and most famous art museums. It houses Botticelli’s Birth of Venus as well as Michaelangelo’s David. There are other works on display at the Uffizi gallery, obviously, but these should get you interested. more about the uffizi galleryhere
19. Museum Of Modern Art, New York
The MOMA offers free programs for children and their families to view and discuss modern art but only on Saturdays. Another way to avoid the fee is to go Friday night between 4 and 8 pm. Why? Well, you’ll get to see Dali’s Persistence of Memory.
18. Hanoi Museum, Hanoi
A thousand years of the history, culture, architecture and heritage of Vietnam are located inside this museum, which opened just a few years ago, back in 2010. I certainly love the building’s architecture, so what’s inside must by at least that interesting.
17. National Archaeology Museum, Athens
The National Archaeology museum was meant to secure all the finds from the 19th century in and around Athens, due to the fact that Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, made off with the Parthenon Marbles. This is the largest museum in Greece, housing the world’s richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity. The current building was completed in 1889.
16. The Guggenheim, New York City
The Goog is a Frank Lloyd Wright design and located across the road from Central Park. This is the perfect spot for a museum binge. Some artists complained about the funny looking building, but I guess time proved them wrong.
15. The Louvre, Paris
Everyone heads straight for the Mona Lisa, which does not surprise me. Da Vinci unarguably did a wonderful job, but the Louvre is the most visited museum in the world and was the home of Louis XIV, so there’s bound to find some more interesting stuff to enjoy.
14. Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
The conical ceiling of the Hall of Names is pictured during a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed (JERUSALEM – Tags: POLITICS)
Museums are meant to remind us of both our triumphs, as well as our history’s darkest pages. The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem shows photographs reflected in the water below of some of the holocaust’s victims, those whose names remain unknown.
13. British Museum, London
Two and a half miles of galleries and seven million objects, including the Elgin Marbles, are housed within the walls of this museum. The amazing fact is that whenever you get tired or bored, you can just look up and stare at that wonderful ceiling. And everything is OK again!
12. American Museum Of Natural History, New York
The Natural History museum is located on the other side of Central Park from the Metropolitan. It’s got dinosaurs, and poisonous spiders, and the Planetarium where you get to journey through the far reaches of space and time. I’m guessing this is where Ross works.
11. National Museum Of China, Beijing
The museum is actually two museums merged into one; in 2013 it was the third most-visited museum in the world. The museum’s goal is to teach people about China’s history and artistic endeavors.
10. The Egyptian Museum, Egypt
If you missed Tutankhamun’s world tour, you can still catch him and the artifacts on permanent display at the Egyptian Museum – it’s not like his rushing anywhere. This is where you’ll find the most comprehensive collection of Egyptian art anywhere in the world.
9. International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland, Maine
The Cryptozoology museum is a showcase of our greatest creatures that don’t exist, but that could have: Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, The Abominable Snowman, and many others. Did the Rosswell people through something in here?
8. Tate Modern, London
Tate Modern looks like it was built out of an old distillery. The museum used to be a power station, but it now hosts the most comprehensive collection of Matisse’s Cut Outs ever assembled. If you’re lucky enough to be in London, you better visit this once in a lifetime collection.
7. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg’s museum of art and culture, was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, but not opened to the public until 1852. You probably didn’t know this, butiIt holds the largest collection of paintings in the world.
6. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum is made partly from titanium, and the concert hall from steel. The building was opened in 1997 and houses an art collection from the mid twentieth century to the present day.
5. Natural History Museum, London
80 million items are housed here, including some brought back from his voyages by Charles Darwin. The Darwin Centre and its Cocoon building is where you can learn how new species are named, even talk to scientists about their work. On the last Friday of every month, there are also night time tours and activities, and a sleepover. Entry to the museum is free.
4. Denver Art Museum, Denver
The Denver Art museum is an amazing looking building that houses a renowned collection of American Indian Art, as well as modern and contemporary works. It’s surely worth a visit.
3. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
One of the most amazing things about the Rijksmuseum is that you can ride your bicycle through it. It’s possible to get from one side of the building to the other without going around the outside, and without leaving your seat. Inside, you get to enjoy works of Rembrandt and Vermeer, among many others. Rembrandt’s The Night Watch is housed here.
2. Metropolitan Museum, New York City
There is such an incredible wealth of history and artifact on display here that you could visit every day for a year and not see half of it. Isn’t this where Night at the Museum was filmed?
1. Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum, Washington DC
Aside from being the movie scene in a Transformers movie, this is the place where you may learn everything from the Wright Brothers’ first flight, to the first moon landing and on to the Space Shuttle. Get your hands on Lindbergh’s Spirit Of St. Louis, the 1903 Wright Flyer, moon rock, and the Apollo 11 Command Module.