Thomas Campbell, the president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, once said that, “Nothing replaces the authenticity of the object presented with passionate scholarship. Bringing people face-to-face with our objects is a way of bringing them face-to-face with people across time, across space, whose lives may have been different from our own but who, like us, have hopes and dreams, frustration and achievements in their lives. “ When we look at museums, they are much more than just a major tourist attraction. Instead, they are the history, creativity, and chronicles of those before us. In many ways, museums are unexplored worlds. They give us the opportunity to view a work of art frozen in time and provide us with the imagination to change the world.
Below, you will find three of the top international museums in the world. If you are ever given the opportunity to see them, I strong advise that you capitalize on the chance. Seeing something in person is quite different than seeing it on the pages of a book or on a computer screen. So take that chance and come explore the unknown world of art and history.
While the most recognized symbol of Paris is the Eiffel Tower, the ultimate traveler’s prize is the Louvre. This is the world’s greatest and largest art museum with 675,000 square feet of works from almost every civilization on earth. The three most popular pieces here are of course the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory statue. Bear in mind, the Louvre is much more than a museum. It represents a saga that started centuries ago where royal residence such as Philip II, Henry IV, Louis XIII, Louis XV, Napoleon I, and Napoleon III have all contributed to its construction. Today, it stands as a central landmark of Paris receiving more than 9.26 million visitors in 2014. The overall collection provides Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Islamic, antiquities, sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings,, and decorative arts.
Museo Nacional Del Prado
Hailed as one of the leading art galleries in the world, the Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12st century to the early 19th century. In addition, it holds, unquestionably, the best single collection of Spanish art in the entire world. This includes the numerous works of Francisco de Goya, Diego Velazquez, El Greco, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, and Hieronymus Bosch. Similar to the Louve, the Prado is one that cannot be successfully seen in just a day. Because of its immense size and over 7,600 notable paintings, you would need to spend two maybe three days to see all that this museum has to experience.
The British Museum
The British Museum is the country’s largest art gallery and one of the oldest and finest in the world. This famous museum holds a variety of works such as Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, and European Middle Eastern, African, and Asian art. With over six million visitors each year, it is safe to say that this London museum is a must-go tourist site. Currently, the museum’s permanent collection holds stager 8 million pieces of artwork, which makes it among the largest and most comprehensive in existence. Much of the art itself is dedicated to the human history, art, and culture.
This give us opportunities to view a frozen time and place of what the world was like back in the day and provide us imaginations of what we want to see our world in the future.
Museums are often a major tourist attraction. They often hold a variety of subjects and content such as art, history, and science for children and adults alike. In addition, the content themselves are a gateway door to unexplored opportunities. They provide memorable and immersive learning experiences that provoke our imagination, introduce us to unknown worlds, and offer us unique environments for both families and friends.