Why visit a Museum?
Humans always had a special fascination for history. We are naturally curious about the kind of lives the people who came before us lived. We marvel over the accomplishments our ancestors made with the resources available then, or perhaps wonder if we are doomed to create the same mistakes they did. Museums can be a great avenue to learn all this.
Museums are a lot more than a collection of historic artifacts; it is an avenue for inspiration, learning, and engagement. Visting a museum can be an immersive experience where one can experience the past, even for a short moment.
In fact, almost everywhere we’ve traveled, a museum was always present. So we wondered, what are the some of the best Museums out there?
Last August 7, we asked members of our Meetup group to share their favorite Museums around the world. Their responses were so valuable, we could not help but share it with you!
Without further ado, here is the list with links (click on the Museum name):
Favorite Museums Around the World
For anyone wanting to experience and understand what the Apartheid system in South Africa was really like, visiting Apartheid Museum is the best place to start. Opened in 2001, the museum takes you into an emotional journey of the struggles South Africa endured to overthrow a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination.
Opened in 1998, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa showcases cultural treasures with deep ancestral roots to the Maori people (indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand). The Museum is the National Museum of New Zealand and is located in Wellington.
A trip to Medellin, Colombia is just not complete without visiting the Museum of Memories. The museum beautifully outlines how the citizens chose to overcome the most unfavorable situations and their constant fight to keep going.
One of the world’s largest Museums, the Victoria and Alpert Museum in London is known as the “leading museum of art and design”. Named and found in 1852 after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the museum houses over 5,000 years of human creativity.
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum preserves the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts. The Washington site was opened in 1976 and is still one of the most visited Museums in the U.S.
The Musee D’Orsay is a famous Museum housing rich collections of impressionist works. One can find works of art by French artists like Degas, Monet, Cezanne, and Van Gogh among many others. In fact, the museum building was originally a train station and officially opened as a Museum in December 1986.
Opened in 1919, the museum houses the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin such as The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell. The gardens around the Museum make for a relaxing and eye-opening museum experience.
The Dalí Theatre and Museum is a museum of the artist Salvador Dalí in his hometown of Figueres, in Catalonia, Spain.
The Louvre is currently the world’s largest art museum and is considered a historic monument in Paris, France. It is home to a wealth of relics, antiques, paintings, artifacts, and mind-blogging treasures.
As the name implies, this museum holds the world’s largest art collection by Vincent Van Gogh.
Museo Galileo houses scientific instruments, apparatus, books, and documents. This museum highlights the importance of scientific collections with Italy’s cultural heritage.
The State Hermitage Museum is the second-largest museum in the world. Located in St. Petersburg, Russia, this museum houses several works of art and culture.
The Museum of Texas Culture serves as the center of multicultural education, exhibits, programs, and events. Experience the culture and stories of people from all around the world who call Texas home.
For those interested in ships and maritime activities, the Vasa Museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th Century 64-gun warship Vasa.
Uffizi Gallery is a prominent art museum in Tuscany, Italy which holds priceless works of art from the Italian Renaissance.
Sagrada Famillia is a massive Roman Catholic Church which began construction in 1882 and continues to this day.
This art museum houses collections of Salvador Dali’s work and is the largest collection outside of Europe.
Musee Mechanique is a privately-owned collection of coin-operated mechanical and musical instruments and antique arcade machines. In fact, the arcade games are all in working condition for visitors to use.
This war museum tells the story of war throughout American History and is dedicated to all prisoners of war in America’s past who fought with great honor for the country.
A visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo will expose one to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiques, treasures, and artifacts.
Musee de l’Orangerie is an impressive art museum which hosts a gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.
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