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Museums Around the World Worth Visiting
Museums are often seen as a place of quiet reflection, interchangeable locations filled with priceless wonders, but that often isn’t the case. This infographic from Bracken Foam Fabricators explores the finest museums in the world, ranging from the beautiful gardens of Claude Monet, to the historic site of Athens’ Acropolis and everything in between.
Traditional museums like the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands are highlighted on this infographic. The Rijksmuseum houses a total collection of 1 million objects including the masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Similarly, non-traditional sites like Claude Monet’s House and Gardens are a wonder to explore, full of vivid colour and sound. Many of the plants that bloom in the garden were planted by Monet himself.
While the Louvre is widely regarded as one of the finest galleries and museum on earth, discover some other incredible museums that house amazing artwork and items of great historical value. From the Potala Palace of Tibet, or the State Hermitage in Moscow to the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora this infographic highlights some of the finest museums in the world.
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The Most Amazing Museums In The World
WHERE: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to art and history. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200-2000.
HIGHLIGHT: The collection of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.
WHERE: Madrid, Spain
One of the top museums in Spain, The Prado Museum in Madrid features some of the best collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century.
HIGHLIGHT: Majas of Goya (La Maja Vestida and La Maja Desnuda) and Las Meninas by Valázquez.
WHERE: St. Petersburg, Russia
The State Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world and was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. It holds over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.
HIGHLIGHT: The museum itself exists in six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
The British Museum
WHERE: London, England
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The largest museum in Britain. It looks after the national collection of arcaeology and ethnography. It holds more than 8 million objects from different eras.
HIGHLIGHT: The Rosetta Stone, dating from 196BC, the stone has a message carved into three different scripts: Greek, hieroglyphs, and demotic Egyptian, and allowed scholars to read hieroglyphics for the first time.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
WHERE: New York City, United States
Also known as The Met, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. It has on display more than two million items from all over the world and from all eras is incredible.
HIGHLIGHT: The paintings include works of Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Rodin, and others. The Egyptian Collection showcases the tomb of Perneb and the Temple of Dendur.
The Acropolis Museum
WHERE: Athens, Greece
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artefact found from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. The museum lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.
HIGHLIGHT: The ground floor is transparent glass that provides a walk over an amazing history with a view of the archaeological excavation of the Acropolis itself.
The Potala Palace
WHERE: Lhasa, Tibet
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site.
HIGHLIGHT: The former quarters of the Dalai Lama have been preserved and feature a figure in the throne representing Tenzin Gyatso, the incumbent Dalai Lama.
Claude Monet’s House and Gardens
WHERE: Giverny, France
Unlike other museums on this list, it is the outdoors that truly is wonderful in Claude Monet’s House and Gardens. Many of the plants that bloom in the garden were planted by Monet himself.
HIGHLIGHT: The reconstructed Japanese Bridge which is immediately recognizable as it features in Monet’s famous ‘Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies’.
WHERE: Istanbul, Turkey
The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. In the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, the church was converted into a mosque and, finally, it became a museum in 1948.
HIGHLIGHT: The mosaics and frescoes in the Chora are the most beautiful examples dating from the last period of the Byzantine painting (14th century).
WHERE: Paris, France
The Louvre, originally a medieval fortress, became a museum two centuries ago. The museum exterior is world famous due to the pyramid in the main entrance that was added in 1989. The museum’s collections are among the most important in the world.
HIGHLIGHT: The works of several renaissance painters are housed in the Louvre but the most famous attraction is without a doubt Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.
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