The 10 Best Art Museums in the World

Art is one of the most effective ways to express who we are, and art galleries/museums are a means of bringing it forward. Art galleries have been instrumental in promoting and inspiring the hidden and enigmatic aspect of all time, by recognizing and preserving its value. Of course, without art galleries, we would not be able to realize the depth of cultural richness and vitality.

Art museums not only nurtured the creative spirits visited but also served as a gateway to art education.

Now, let’s take a look at “The 10 Best Art Museums in the World” together.

Keep In Mind: Recent research shows that visiting art galleries and museums improves memory.

 

 

10 Best Art Museums in the World

 

1- Louvre Museum

Location: Paris, France

Established: 1973

Architect: Pierre Lescot, Louis Le Vau, Claude Perrault

Ticket Price: € 0–17

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Originally built as a castle and the residence of the French kings for two centuries, the Louvre Castle was later turned into a museum.

The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum.

It gained its present appearance with the glass and metal pyramid (Louvre Pyramid) added by architect Ieoh Ming Pei in 1989.

 

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Louvre Museum, Paris-France | Best Art Museums in the World.

 

Louvre Pyramid added by architect Ieoh Ming Pei in 1989. | Best Art Galleries in the World.

 

Which artwork should you see in this museum?

  • Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa

 

Keep in Mind: Try to imagine how many works of art in the museum are with the following mathematical calculation: Even if you spend 30 seconds on each work of art in the museum, you will need 100 days without sleep to see all the artworks.

 

 

2- National Gallery

Location: London, UK

Established: 1824

Architect: Denise Scott Brown, William Wilkins

Ticket Price: Free

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The National Gallery houses more than 2,300 works dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.

In 2019, it became the most visited museum in the world.

Adding value to the architectural structure of the city of London with its lion sculptures and ornamental pools, it also houses the works of important artists such as Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

 

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Which artwork should you see in this museum?

 

Keep in Mind: It is a great pleasure to be able to visit such a great art museum for free!

 

 

3- Tate Modern Art Gallery

Location: London, UK

Established: 1879

Architect: Herzog and De Meuron

Ticket Price: Free

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The Tate Modern is the UK’s national museum of modern and contemporary art.

It was originally established as the National Gallery of British art and was later renamed the Tate Gallery as it also included modern art.

 

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Tate Gallery, London-UK | Top Art Galleries in the World

 

Which artwork should you see in this museum?

 

Keep in Mind: Unlike other museums, the Tate Modern Art Gallery artworks are arranged according to themes, not chronology. In addition, the themes are changed from time to time!

 

 

4- MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

Location: New York, USA

Established: 7 November 1929

Architect: Yoshio Taniguchi, Edward Durell Stone, Philip Goodwin

Ticket Price: $0-25 (for adults and free for children under 18.)

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MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, houses some of the most valuable collections in the art world.

 

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You can find many works of art by Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol.

You can also find works by Botticelli, Degas, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer, and Rodin at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

 

Which artwork should you see in this museum?

 

Keep in Mind: Henri Matisse‘s work Le Bateau was exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), but nobody noticed that this work was exhibited upside down for 47 days. It is thought that approximately 116,000 visitors passed by or viewed this artifact without realizing it was upside down.

 

 

5- Art Institute of Chicago

Location: Chicago, USA

Established: 1879

Architect: Renzo Piano

Ticket Price: $19-25

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It is located inside Grant Park in Chicago.

It hosts more than 30 special exhibitions per year. It also has a conservation science department, five conservation laboratories, and one of the largest libraries for art history and architecture.

 

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Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago, USA | The Best Art Galleries in the World.

 

It is the second-largest museum in the USA after the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Which artwork should you see in this museum?

 

Keep In Mind: It was founded by a group of 35 artists with the motive of running a free school with its own art gallery.

 

 

6- Musée d’Orsay

Location: Paris, France

Established: 1986

Architect: Gae Aulenti, Victor Laloux, Emile Bernard

Ticket Price:  € 14

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It is located on the coast of the Seine River.

The Musée d’Orsay was created by reusing the old train station land with an interesting idea put forward by the French Museum Directorate.

 

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Sculptures of Auguste Rodin and important works of art by artists such as Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, and Renoir can be found in the Musée d’Orsay.

 

Which artwork should you see in this museum?

  • ‘Women in the Garden’ by Claude Monet
  • ‘Tahitian Women on the Beach’ by Paul Gauguin

 

Keep In Mind: It has 35,000sq m of glass (which is equivalent to five football fields) so as to brighten up the interior.

 

 

7- Rijksmuseum

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Established: 1800

Architect: Pierre Cuypers

Ticket Price:  € 17,5 (for adults and free for children under 18.)

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The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to art and history located in Amsterdam.

Founded in The Hague in 1800, The Rijksmuseum moved to Amsterdam in 1808.

The rarest examples of 17th century Dutch and European art can be found in the Rijksmuseum.

 

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The museum houses nearly one million works devoted to art and history, including famous artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.

 

Which artwork should you see in this museum?

  • Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn

 

Keep In Mind: It is the only museum in the world with a road in it!

 

 

8- Moderna Museet

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Established: 1958

Architect: Rafael Moneo

Ticket Price:  Free

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The Moderna Museet Stockholm (Stockholm Museum of Modern Art) is a state-funded contemporary art museum located on the island of Skeppsholmen. There is also the Stockholm Toy Museum on the same island.

 

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Moderna Museet – Stockholm, Sweden | The Best Art Museums in the World.

 

A contemporary piece of art in the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) | World’s Best Art Museums

 

It has collections of modern and contemporary artworks by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Marcel Duchamp and Henri Matisse, as well as internationally.

 

Which artwork should you see in this museum?

  • ‘Baigneuses au ballon’ by Pablo Picasso
  • The Enigma of Wilhelm Tell by Salvador Dali

 

Keep In Mind: On November 8, 1993, six works by Picasso and two by George Baque were stolen from the museum. The robbers carried out this robbery by imitating the technique in the movie Rififi (Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes).

 

 

9- Shanghai Museum

Location: Huangpu, China

Established: 1952

Architect: Xing Tonghe

Ticket Price:  Free

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Shanghai Museum is an ancient art museum located in People’s Square in Huangpu District in Shanghai, China.

Shanghai Museum is China’s first world-class modern museum.

The structure was designed by Architect Xing Tonghe. The round top of the building symbolizes the sky and the square base symbolizes the earth.

 

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Shanghai Museum – Huangpu, China | The Best Art Galleries in the World.

 

It is known to have a collection of more than 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art, and foreign art.

 

Keep In Mind: There is a huge 12.000 m² exhibition room where more than 400 bronze works of art are displayed.

 

 

10- Vatican Museums

Location: Vatican City

Established: 1506

Architect: Luca Beltrami

Ticket Price: €  4-17

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Vatican Museums are public art and sculpture museums in Vatican City. It was founded by Pope Paul II in 1506.

The Vatican Museum has the world’s largest and most striking collections, which include Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and of course Michelangelo‘s work in the Sistine Chapel.

 

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The Sistine Chapel ceiling (Italian: Volta Della Cappella Sistina), painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art.

 

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The four Raphael Rooms (Italian: Stanze di Raffaello) form a suite of reception rooms in the Apostolic Palace, now part of the Vatican Museums, in Vatican City | The Best Art Galleries in the World.

 

It hosts 70,000 works of art in total, of which 20,000 works are exhibited. This museum has been the third most visited museum in the world.

 

Which artwork should you see in this museum?

  • The Sistine Chapel ceiling (Italian: Volta Della Cappella Sistina), painted by Michelangelo
  • The four Raphael Rooms (Italian: Stanze di Raffaello) form a suite of reception rooms in the Apostolic Palace painted by Raffaello

 

Keep In Mind: The museums, which are located in the smallest country in the world, Vatican City, and carry the important traces of Western civilization, are located on an area of 7 kilometers in total.

 

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