1. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
The world’s largest research and museum complex, Smithsonian has 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and a range of research stations. There are more than 137 million objects that represent America’s story here. The place is enormous and has a variety of purposes to visit, so you better plan your trip. The main attractions of this museum are Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the original Star-Spangled Banner, and the dresses of the First Ladies.
2. Le Louvre, Paris, France
The Louvre was a medieval fortress and the palace of the kings of France before it became a museum. It holds a rich collection, including arts from antiquity to the first half of the 19th century. The magnificent, baroque-style palace and museum The main attraction of this museum is undoubtedly the famous work of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, who enchants crowd of visitors with her enigmatic smile.
3. The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
Including one of the most highly curated art exhibits, Acropolis Museum features a wide variety of works of archaeological findings and sites of Acropolis. Located in the historical area of Makriyianni, was found in the year 1976, and houses a mix of sculptures and antiquities from Ancient Greece. The main attraction of this museum is the frieze of the Parthenon.
4. State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
The State Hermitage Museum is located in the cultural capital city of Russia and is considered to be one of the oldest and famous museums of all time. It was founded in the year 1764, but it opened its door to the citizens in the year of 1852. The main attractions of this museum are the Treasure Gallery’s Gold Rooms, the Black Sea Littoral, and the Orient.
5. The British Museum, London, England
Looking after the national collection of ethnography and archaeology, the British Museum holds more than 8 million objects ranging from whole Assyrian palace rooms to exquisite gold jewels to prehistoric bones and chunks of Athens’ Parthenon. The main attraction of this museum is the Egyptian gallery that boasts the world’s second premium collection of Egyptian antiquities outside Egypt, which includes the Rosetta Stone, carved in 196 B.C.
6. The Prado, Madrid, Spain
One of Madrid’s top cultural sights, the Prado Museum features a bountiful of classical masterpieces. Thanks to the Spanish royal family that collected and commissioned the art with absolute passion and good taste. This museum features the great work of Italian and Flemish artists such as Velázquez, Goya, Ribera, and Zurbarán. Designed by Juan de Villanueva, the Prado was opened to the public in 1819 by Fernando VII. The main attraction of this museum is “The Three Graces” by Rubens.
7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a collection of more than 2 million items, covering the entire world from antiquity to the present, which makes it the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. It features astonishing European paintings, including the work of Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Rodin, and other luminaries. Also, it has an exquisite collection of Egyptian and American arts and crafts. The main attraction of this museum is the famous engraving by Albrecht Dürer called Adam and Eve.
8. The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Italy
The Musei Vaticani features 22 separate collections, each one better than the next. The most famous ones are- the Museo Pio-Clementino, featuring beautiful classical sculpture; the Raphael Rooms; entirely painted by Raphael; the Pinacoteca, containing the cream of the Vatican’s collection of medieval and Renaissance paintings; and the magnificent Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Last but not the least, the main attraction of this museum is the renowned Sistine Chapel.
9. The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
Galleria degli Uffizi is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. Located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence, this museum holds the world’s most excellent collection of Renaissance paintings. This place not only features the brilliance of Renaissance masters, but also painters from the early medieval, baroque, and Mannerist heydays. The main attraction of this museum is “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli.
10. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum has about 900,000 objects, including a grandeur collection of art and history. It also has famous paintings by 17th-century Dutch masters that include Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, and Rembrandt van Rijn. It was established in the year 1800 and was innovated again in the year 2013. The main attraction of this museum is “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt.
Now, you have a fair idea about all the well-known museums in the world. All you have to do is plan the itinerary and buy travel insurance before you fly high.