The Best Museums To Visit Before You Die
Museums are a way to experience the past as well as appreciate the future. To truly be able to understand the eras past, making your way to the Museum is a good idea. They have the power to transport you to another perspective and open your eyes to a different worldview.
No matter where you are right now, you should take a leap of faith and go to each one of these museums at least once. You might be an abstract art lover or a romantic; chances are there is something for everyone in this list.
Art has a way of transcending boundations set by us in terms of caste, creed, color, and status. Museums are a way to experience all this and more.
Here are the museums you need to visit once before you take your last breath on this planet.
Musee Picasso, Paris
It is challenging to really understand the impact Picasso has had on the art movement and how multifaceted he was as an artist until you see it in person. Located in the Hotel Sale in the Marais, Musse Picasso is home to over 5,000 works of art by Picasso. This collection includes paintings, ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures, and notebooks from Picasso’s early years.
This is the biggest collection of compiled works of Picasso, along with thousands of archived pieces.
The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York
If you, like me, were a big fan of Gossip Girl, you would want to go and sit on the steps of the MET and have a fro-yo.
But if you decide to go inside this place it is certain that the place will not disappoint you. Established in 1870, it houses some of the most diverse collections of art, paintings, and sculptures ranging from Islamic to African cultures.
It is also the largest Museum in the United States. It has the rare distinction of showcasing 5,000 years of art. Additionally, it also has a rooftop bar that is open seasonally.
Louvre Museum, Paris
Home to arguably the most famous piece of art to exist on this planet, Mona Lisa, the Louvre is the place where you want to go at least once. You can roam around the halls for eternity and still manage to be surprised.
A long-standing saying is that if a love is great enough, it would be hanging in the Louvre. Okay, Lorde said it, but it’s kind of sweet.
If you have already arrived at the Louvre, don’t miss out on the secret apartments. In the Richelieu Wing, located are stunning former chambers of Napoleon III and the rooms are a delight to explore.
Often considered to be a Dutch National Treasure, Rijksmuseum is home to the Golden Age artworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, & Frans Hals.
When it first opened in 1800, it had over 200 paintings and historical objects on display. Today that number has gone up to 8,000 on display from a 1 million they already hold in their collection.
Their collection is an eclectic mix of beautiful furniture, clothing, jewelry, and delftware. Besides all this, the museum also has some of the best paintings and what else would you need.
Doria Pamphilj, Rome
There is breathtaking, and then there is Doria Pamphilj. Every piece of this Museum is an art in itself. Every possible surface is covered in art, the gilded hallways, the hall of mirrors, and the exterior courtyard.
Everything is personified in art.
The hallways lead you to the primary collection, which has the distinction of being the most extensive private collection of artwork in Rome.
Here, do not miss out on the Innocent X by Diego Velazquez. Arguably called the best portrait ever created by critics. Ever does mean eternity here.
The Smithsonian, United States
As you must have figured out by now, I have quite an affinity for pop culture, and I do like history, and they come together for a Night in this Museum.
It is the world’s largest museum and research complex. encompassing 19 galleries and you will definitely find something to catch your eye. There is a rumor that if you saw everything displayed at the Smithsonian for a minute, it would still take you ten years to cover just ten percent of the Museum.
Employ some of those excellent planning skills and try to focus on one exhibit at a time.
The Acropolis, Greece
If we are all talking about how great art is, how can any of us miss out on the Geeks.
Visually stunning, this gallery has a transparent glass floor that gives a direct view of the excavation site, sloping upwards to the sanctuaries of the Acropolis excavation.
What sets this apart from the other museums is that you are allowed to take pictures from all sides — giving you an unprecedented look into the artifacts from all sides.
The beauty of museums is that no matter what you are doing. Be it a purchase of dog breeds for protection or locating a street in a new place, a museum is capable of driving you away from the mundane. In addition to this, it gives you an opportunity to be closer to the past while showing how bright the future can be.