Europe is very well-known for its cultural inheritance of the world. Therefore, never miss the following great museums and galleries. The followings are eight greatest museums and galleries in Europe:
British Museum, London | Museums and Galleries in Europe
Built in 1753, the British Museum has become the oldest public museum in the world. You can see a lot of collection of antiquities and other artifacts from all over the world in this museum. You can also enjoy fascinating display of mummies and other exhibits from Ancient Egypt. Do not forget to check the collections of the physician Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) which have been added from all over the world. There are so many collections you can see in this museum such as prehistoric and Roman Britain, Medieval Objects, Western Asian Collections, Ancient Egypt Collections, Greece and Roman Collections, Oriental Art Collections, African Sculptures and many others. More information about the British Museum here.
Louvre, Paris | Museums and Galleries in Europe
This gallery is the house of the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The Louvre also houses Jean Watteau’s melancholy study Gilles or Pierrot. This museum was built as a fortress in 1190 by King Philippe-Auguste. But it was opened as a museum in 1793. You can enjoy the Glass Pyramid from where you see the surrounding buildings.
Make sure you manage your time wisely when you explore the Louvre’s Collection. There are a plethora of European paintings here, more than 1400 to be precise. On top of that, you can also enjoy thousands of European sculptures. In addition, there are also Oriental and Egyptian Antiquities available here. The Egyptian art dated from between 2,500 and 1400 BC. The museum is located at Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France. More information about Louvre Museum here.
Kunsthistoricsches Museum, Vienna
Built in 1871, this lavish-interior museum houses archaeology, paintings, and sculpture. You can also see Habsburgs art collections and antiquities, Bruegels collection. More information about Kunsthistoricsces here.
Pergamonmuseum, Berlin | Museums and Galleries in Europe
built in 1912, this museum houses a collection of antiquities including the famous blue-tiled Ishtar Gate from Babylon. You can also see a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities such as the huge Pergamon Altar from the acropolis of ancient Pergamon in Asia Minor. Besides, there are pieces from Persia, Syria and Palestine. One of them is the basalt sculpture of a bird from Tel Halaf. It is at Bodestraβe 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany. See more information about Pergamonmuseum here.
The former royal collection in Madrid contains the finest assembly of Spanish paintings in the world. The Spanish paintings date from the 12th to the 19th centuries. The foreign collections mainly consist of Italian and Flemish works such as The Three Graces. You can also see one of Felipe II’s favorite artists’ work, The Garden of Delights. In addition, you can also enjoy “The Clothed Maja and The Naked Maja” by Goya. This museum is at C. de Ruiz de Alarcón, 23, 28014 Madrid, Spain. More information about Museo Nacional del Prado here.
As a familiar Amsterdam landmark, Rijksmuseum is known for its Rembrandts and other great Dutch paintings of the 17th century such as The Night Watch, St. Elizabeth’s Day Flood, and The Kitchen Maid by Jan Vermeer. Due to its huge size, it is recommended that you focus on the Philips Wing if you have limited time. You can enjoy the works of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer and many other Dutch Artists. This vast museum is located at Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands. See more information about this museum.
Built in 1560, this world’s oldest art gallery displays masterpiece such as The Annunciation by da Vinci. There are different sections you can focus when you visit Uffizi. On the top floor, you will see the Uffizi art collection. In the corridor running around the inner side of the building, you can see ancient Greek and Roman Sculptures. In series of rooms off the main corridor, you can see the paintings in chronological order. There are a lot of masterpiece works you can see here. To mention some of them are The Venus of Urbino, The Birth of Venus, The Duke and Duchess of Urbino. This gallery is at Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze Florence, Italy. See more information about Uffizi here.
Vatican Museums, Rome
This vast papal museum holds great paintings by Michelangelo and Raphael. It also houses many great archaeological finds of central Italy. Decorated with magnificent frescoes, this museum was originally built for Renaissance popes. Put this into your list before you visit Vatican Museums: Chritian Art, The Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and Ancient Art. It is located at 00120 Vatican City. See more about Vatican Museums here.
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