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Famous Museums

Updated on October 22, 2011

A museum is a place which houses a collection of ancient artifacts and other historic objects. The artifacts on the museum are for public viewing.

Museums can be of different types and can be set on different themes.

Examples include: Art museums, War museums, Science museums etc. there are thousands of such museums all around the world.

Some of the famous museums in the world are:

The Louvre

The Louvre is an art museum in Paris and is the world largest art musuem. The museum is huge and overwhelmingly rich due to which most people avoid going here despite of the fact that in this museum resides the original paintings of the grearest painters of all time.

The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum

The musuem became an open art gallery in 1793 and that time it housed 2500 paintings but today it has almost 30,000 paintings.

The museum includes paintings by artists such as Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticeli, Titan and many more.

British Museum

The British museum happens to be the oldest museum of the world.

The British Museum
The British Museum
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York

It started as "cabinet of curiosities" by royal physician Hans Sloane.

Today it is the finest museum of the world holiding the cutural artifacts of various past cultures like:

Egyptian culture, Greek culture, Roman culture, Medieval times e.t.c.

The musuem is also one of the most visited museums of the world.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art. It is situated in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain.

The building of the museums it self is a master piece of extraordinary artistic modern approach to construction.

The museum is hold work of art of various Spanish and International artists.

The museums hold exhibitions on different themes focusing on display of art of various countries.

Its own artifacts consists of painting and sculpture belonging to the 20th century.

Museum of Modern Art

The museum of modern art in New York is one of the largest museums of the world.

The museum holds more than 100,000 art pieces which includes painting and sculptures by artists like: Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Rothko, and Pollock.

Most of the paintings by artists are placed in the central five story atrium. The sculpture garden is the highlight of the museum.

The museum was rebuilt in 2004 which is believed to the largest renovation in 75 years.

Museo Del Prado
Museo Del Prado
The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery

Museo Del Prado

The Museo Del Prado was once a natural history museum in Madrid but in1819 the museum was converted into a royal Spanish art museum which held the famous paintings of that time and before.

Today the Museo Del Prado has 7000 paintings by the greatest Spanish and European artists.

Most paintings of the museum are from the 17-18th centuries which includes the work of artists like Velázquez and Goya.

The museum is a house of Spanish art history and while visiting the museum one gets to see the depth of the history of Spanish art.

Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian Museums are a collection of 18 museums in Washington DC.

The most famous museums of these are the Portrait’s gallery and the Museum of American art.

The portrait’s museum is a collection of 4000 images of various known faces of American history belonging to all eras, fields and genera.

The presidential portraits section is very popular as it has the portraits of all the Presidents of USA.

The photographs and portraits of various artists and sport stars are also very popular.

The museum of the American art has the largest collection of American art in the world.

It has paintings and art artifacts of all the eras and regions.

It has art artifacts from colonial to contemporary times.

It holds 38,000 pieces of art which includes paintings, sculpture, crafts, prints, photographs, folk art and drawings.

The art museum is famous for its 19th century collection of western art.

It has 400 pieces of George Catlin’s portrayals of American Indians.

Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi gallery of Florence Italy is the house of the best sculptures in the world.

The city of Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the Uffizi gallery is one of the many beautiful treats of the city.

The museum includes sculptures of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Da Vinci.


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