Worldwide top 5 museums

Whether you are an art addict, a social science fanatic or an architecture lover there are some museums around the world you can’t miss. According to the ICOM (International Council of Museums) it is difficult to know the accurate number of museums in the world. However, in its 17th edition (2010), the most comprehensive directory Museums of the World, published by De Gruyter Saur, lists 55,000 museums in 202 countries.  

The oldest public museums in the world opened in Rome during the Renaissance. However, many significant museums in the world were not founded until the 18th century and the Age of Enlightenment. Here is a list of the 5 museums around the world that we consider everyone should visit at least one in life.

1. MoMA

Based in New York and founded in 1929 as an educational institution, the Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media. It holds works by a wide range of influential European and American artists including Braque, Picasso, Van Gogh, Chirico, Duchamp or the uber famous Warhol.

2. Louvre

Founded in 1793 as a museum for all, it celebrates humanity’s long journey with the remarkable scope of a collection that spans thousands of years, reaches from America to the borders of India and China, and is highlighted by such iconic, universally admired works as the Mona Lisa, the Venus di Milo and the Victory of Samothrace. Louvre’s painting collection has more than 6,000 works from the 13th century to 1848 and is managed by 12 curators who oversee the collection’s display. Nearly two-thirds are by French artists, and more than 1,200 are Northern European.

3. Egyptian Museum

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamen.

4. British museum

The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane. Over his lifetime, Sloane collected more than 71,000 objects which he wanted to be preserved intact after his death. The British Museum, in London, is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest museums of human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

5. Vatican Museum 

The Vatican Museums originated as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II (1503-1513) and placed in what today is the Cortile Ottagono within the museum complex. The Vatican Library and the collections of the Vatican Museums are of the highest historical, scientific and cultural importance. In 1984, the Vatican was added by UNESCO to the List of World Heritage Sites; it is the only one to consist of an entire state.


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  • posted by Marcos | 16 March 2012, 15:46,

    The Vatican Museums are awesome

  • posted by Morris | 02 January 2014, 6:03,

    Thank you for the top 5 list. This page included the important and precise information about each museum. Keep update more information about the museums.

  • posted by Courtney Imel | 16 January 2014, 10:48,

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