Sep
14
2011

Top 10 Best & Amazing Museums In The World

Undoubtedly, the museums are most popular tourist destinations in the world now. Now all the museums are best and amazing but today Top10Marvels is going to present the list of Top 10 best, unique, amazing and artistic museums in the world

10. Tate Modern

Tate Modern
The public’s love affair with this phenomenally successful modern art gallery shows no sign of waning. Almost 5 million visitors make it the world’s most popular contemporary art gallery, and London’s most visited sight. The critics are right in one sense, though: this ‘Tate Modern effect’ is really more about the building and its location than about the mostly 20th-century art inside. It was built between 1947 and 1963 and decommissioned 23 years later. An 11-storey glass tower extension to the southwest corner in the form of a ziggurat – a spiralling stepped pyramid – by the same architects is now under way and will be completed in 2012.

9. Smithsonian Museums

Smithsonian Museums
There are 18 Smithsonian museums in Washington DC but this museum is a bit of a holding facility for the Smithsonian’s 38,000-odd pieces of art, from sculpture to photography, folk art, crafts, prints and drawings. It is especially esteemed for its 19th-century collection of American Western art including nearly 400 pieces by George Catlin, known for his haunting portrayals of American Indians living on the Great Plains.

8. Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums
The museums are so big that you’ll never be able to see everything in one go – you’d need several hours just for the highlights. Bear in mind, though, that you can’t backtrack once you’re there. Each gallery contains priceless treasures but for a whistle-stop tour get to the Stanza di Raffaello, the Pinacoteca, the Gallerie delle Carte Geografiche (Map Gallery) and, of course, the Sistine Chapel. Unless they’re of particular interest, you could skim the Museo Gregoriano Profano (Gregorian Museum of Pagan Antiquities), Museo Pio-Cristiano (Pio Christian Museum), and Museo Missionario-Etnologico (Missionary and Ethnological Museum).

7. Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado
Converted in 1819 from a natural history museum to a repository of Spanish art held in royal collections, the Museo del Prado hosts over 7000 works. The strongest collections are the 17th- and 18th-century Spanish paintings featuring the likes of Velázquez, Goya and Ribera. It’s an artistic feast that is many visitors’ main reason for visiting Madrid. Welcome to one of the best and most important art galleries anywhere in the world. The paintings held in the Museo del Prado’s collection (although less than half are currently on display) are like a window on the historical vagaries of the Spanish soul, at once grand and imperious in the royal paintings of Velázquez, darkly tumultuous in the pinturas negras (black paintings) of Goya and outward-looking with sophisticated works of art from all across Europe.

6. Galleria degli Uffizi

Galleria degli Uffizi
The Galleria degli Uffizi, home to the Medici family’s private collection, was bequeathed to Florence in 1743 by the last of the family, Anna Maria Ludovica, on condition that it never leave the city. Housed inside the vast U-shaped Palazzo degli Uffizi its sheer size alone impresses (don’t dream of viewing the 50-plus rooms and 1555 masterpieces properly in one visit – preselect which artists or period of art interest you most). It was opened to selected public visits in 1591 – making it one of Europe’s first functioning museums. Francesco also had a roof garden created – now a cafeteria.


5. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art
More than five million come a year for special exhibits, or just to see the cavernous Great Hall entrance, the Temple of Dendur, the Tiffany windows in the American Wing, the collection of African, Oceania and other works. Also great is the famed European Collection on the 2nd floor – it’s a city within a city, really, and its easier to get lost here than in Central Park outside. You might find the 17-acre museum deserted at night – a real NYC experience.

4. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York
Its grand reopening in 2004, following the most extensive renovation project in its 75-year history, created a veritable art universe of more than 100,000 pieces. It will take almost two days to see whole museum. Most of the big hitters – Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Rothko, Pollock – are housed in the central five-story atrium. The sculpture garden – returned to its original, larger vision – is a joy to sit in.

3. Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay
This former railway station houses a superb collection of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist works, making it a must-see for any art lover. The museum displays France’s national collection of paintings, sculpturesobjets d’art produced between 1848 and 1914, including the fruits of the Impressionist, Post Impressionist and Art Nouveau movements. Austerely housed along the Seine in a former railway station built in 1900, it was reinaugurated in its present form in 1986.

2. British Museum

British Museum
British Museum is one of the world’s oldest and finest museums started as royal physician Hans Sloane’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’ – which he later bequeathed to the country and carried on expanding its collection of around seven million items. It’s an exhaustive and exhilarating stampede through world cultures. There are galleries devoted to Egypt, Western Asia, Greece, the Orient, Africa, Italy, the Etruscans, the Romans, prehistoric and Roman Britain and medieval antiquities.

1. The Louvre

The Louvre
The Louvre may be the world’s greatest art museum – but it’s also the one most avoided by visitors to Paris. Daunted by its size and overwhelming richness, many people head to smaller galleries. The former fortress began its career as a public museum in 1793 with 2500 paintings; now some 30000 are on display. The most famous works from antiquity include the Seated Scribe , the Jewels of Rameses II and the armless duo – the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo . From the Renaissance, don’t miss Michelangelo’s Slaves , Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and works by Raphael, Botticelli and Titian. French masterpieces of the 19th century include Ingres’ La Grande Odalisque , Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa and the work of David and Delacroix.


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