Wherever you are in the world, you probably have heard at least once about the Louvre. It’s the worlds most visited art museum, host of the masterpice by Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa. The museum, hosted in the Louvre Palace, opened August 10th, 1973, it now contains more than 380000 objects, with more than 35000 of them being works of art, displayed in eight curatorial departaments. Beside da Vinci’s work, there are other amazing things to see here. The most knowned masterpieces are The Seated Scribe, from Egypt, The Nike of Samothrace, a scultpure from Rome, The Great Sphinx of Tanis, and many others. The museum is opened every day except Tuesdays (and the national french holidays), and the entry fee is $14 for a full-day access.
The next in our top today is the British Museum. Landmark of London, this place is the host of one huge egyptian collection of artifacts. You can see a poem written on a papyrus, thousands of years old, and dozens of statues and mummies, and the best part is there is no entry fee. You may go to see the museum in any day of the week you want from 10 in the morning, until 5 in the afternoon. The Great Court, Europe’s largest covered public square, is a great place to get a date at. Also, there are loads of restaurants and coffe shops inside the museum, and also a Reading Room, now home of major exhibitions, but also a great place to study and relax.
Moving on, another spectacular museum is definitely The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. This is the worlds largest museum, and by all means, the numbers speak for themselves: 3 millions works of art and artifacts of the world culture, which are hosted in 10 different locations, the main entrance being at the Winter Palace. The highlights of the museum are consisted mainly of prehistoric arts, but also paintings, arms and armours, ceramics and jewellery. The entrance fee to the main complex is around $14, or exactly 400 russian rubles. Don’t miss the Greek Gold Room, for only $10 extra fee.
The Smithsonian Institution is a complex of 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo of the city of Washington. It hosts most of the american history documents, realizations and artifacts. The most important ones are Air and Space Museum, The Natural History Museum and The American Art Museum. Most of the exhibitions are free to the public to visit, and you can check the official website for opening hours, as they constantly change due to security controls.
The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain is the place to be if art, and especially paintings, are your favourite hobbyes. Titian, Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt, and many others, have left their work on the walls of this museum for the world to come and admire. The majority of the collections are just mind-blowing. Entry fee is around $10, but smaller if in a group. Getting there is very easy: all you need to do is take the train to the Atocha Station, then go lefton the Passo del Prado, and there you are, in the greatest european paintings museum of all.
The Vatican Museums are the greatest and most valuable museums in the world. The price of the collections here are just staggering. Placed in Viale Vaticano, the highlights of this museum are art objects known all over the globe, such as Giotto’s Stefaneschi Triptych, Raphael’s Madonna of Foligno and da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness. Also, there are other important departaments, like The Maps Room, The Ancient Egyptian Room or the Collection of Modern Religious Art. The Sistine Chapel, decorated by the genious Raphael, was visited by more than 5 millions back in 2010. Entry fee is $18, including the Sistine Chapel and the inner courtyard.
The last (but not the least) museum in today’s top is The Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt. Appreciated all over the world, the egyptian culture is one of the most beautiful and mystical of all. The museum hosts King Tutankhamun’s original tomb, with the most valuable gold mask in the world. Admission fee is $10 for the general exhibition and $20 extra for the Royal Mummies Hall, but definitely worth the price.