Top museums in the world
With the Louvre Abu Dhabi set to open in November, we thought we would list out all the other TOP MUSEUMS in the world. On a side note, if you are a lover of art, then you must definitely visit one of these (or all) museums when you travel abroad.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and will occupy 24,000 sq m (260,000 sq ft) and covered by a roof shaped like a flying saucer. The art will come from multiple museums, including the Louvre, the Georges Pompidou Centre, the Musée d’Orsay, Versailles, the Musée Guimet, the Musée Rodin, and the Musée du quai Branly.
Here are a few famous museums around the world that you must absolutely check out.
The Louvre – Paris France
Let’s begin with The Louvre (or the Louvre Museum or Musée du Louvre) – the largest art museum in the world. There is not a single day when the museum isn’t full! It is not only a museum, it is also a historical monument in Paris, drawing thousand of people to it everyday. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 sq.m. The museum opened on 10 August 1793 and in 2016 was the world’s most visited art museum, receiving 7.3 million visitors. Some of the most famous and greatest treasures in Louvre museum in Paris include The The Mona Lisa – Venus De Milo – Winged Bulls, Mesopotamia – Great Sphinx of Tanis.
British Museum – London England
The British Museum – a public museum dedicated to human history, art and culture is located in Bloomsbury, London. It has over eight million permanent works and is among the largest and most comprehensive museums in the world today. Although the library no longer houses collections of natural history (the books and manuscripts it once held now form part of the independent British Library) it continues to preserve its universality in its collections of artifacts representing the cultures of the world, ancient and modern.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
The New York based Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States. With its permanent collection of over two million works divided among seventeen curatorial departments, this museum is one of the highest visited museums in USA. The permanent collection consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art.
Museum of Modern Art, Manhattan NYC
MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. the collection at this museum offers an insight into modern and contemporary art and has some fine works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media. The MoMA Library includes approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, over 1,000 periodical titles, and over 40,000 files of ephemera about individual artists and groups.
Museum Of Tomorrow, Rio De Janeiro
Designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Satiago Calatrava, the Museum of Tomorrow (Portuguese: Museu do Amanhã) is a science museum built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua. The main exhibition takes visitors through five main areas: Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow and Now via a number of experiments and experiences. The museum mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities. This is not a museum for objects, but a museum for ideas. It’s a ‘new generation’ of science museums for transform our thinking in order to shape the next 50 years of life on this planet in a sustainable and harmonious coexistence.
State Historical Museum, Moscow
The State Historical Museum of Russia is a museum of Russian history wedged between Red Square and Manege Square in Moscow. Its exhibitions range from relics of prehistoric tribes that lived on the territory of present-day Russia, through priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty. The total number of objects in the museum’s collection comes to millions. The museum was founded in 1872.
Science Museum, London
The Science Museum is a major museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. It was founded in 1857 and today is one of the city’s major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors annually.
The Science Museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items as Stephenson’s Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson’s model of DNA, some of the earliest remaining steam engines.