For those who enjoy history, art and culture there is no better way to spend a rainy afternoon than exploring some of the great museums of the world. There are so many fabulous museums and galleries that are a historical treasure trove of masterpieces, that we couldn’t possibly list all of them here, so here are 5 popular museums we recommend you visit when you’re on holiday in Paris, New York, Florence, London or Cairo.
Musée du Louvre, Paris
The Musée du Louvre, or simply The Louvre, is the world’s most visited museum and an iconic Parisian landmark thanks to the famous glass pyramid in the main court. The Louvre is housed in the Louvre Palace and exhibits sculptures, paintings, drawings, and archaeological finds, divided into eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. There are plenty of Paris apartments to choose from just a short walk from the Louvre, so why not take a weekend break to Paris and visit the world’s most popular museum?
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, commonly known as “The Met”, is one of the world’s largest museums, containing over 2 million works that are divided into nineteen curatorial departments. People who inspired by great art can see works by masters like Cézanne, Botticelli, Monet, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. One of the highlights of the museum is Van Gogh’s famous Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat. No holidays to New York would be complete without a visit to The Met.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
It’s one of the oldest and most well known museums in the world thanks to the extensive collection of works by artists and sculptors such as Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Giotto, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt Van Rijn and Fra Filippo Lippi. It is a treasure trove of masterpieces and is worth every cent of the admission fee, and the long queues. When you plan a trip to Florence, be sure to book your ticket to the Uffizi Gallery in advance.
British Museum, London
The British Museum was founded in 1753 as a museum of human history and culture and has a fantastic collection of Chinese, Asian, Aztec and Classical art. Highlights of this world-class collection include Egyptian Mummies and the Rosetta Stone. The best part is that it’s free, so there is no excuse to miss visiting this great museum the next time you are in London.
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo
It may not be on the list of the world’s most visited museums but the Egyptian Museum’s amazing collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities makes it one of the world’s best museums in our opinion. There are over 120,000 objects on display, including papyrus and coins used by the ancient Egyptians, and objects from the Tomb of Tutankhamen, including his death mask and the six golden coffins that slotted inside each other to hold his body. The Royal Mummy Room contains 27 royal mummies, although there are currently only 9 of them on display, including the mummies of Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses II. So when you’re enjoying a holiday to Egypt be sure to stop by and marvel at the great collection at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.