If you love art and going to galleries and museums you have probably visited your local art gallery but have you ever thought how many great art galleries and museums are out there? In this blog we look at some of the ultimate museums and galleries in the world today.
Some choices seem obvious and others a little less so, in fact gathering together a list of the best galleries is a bit like selecting your favorite painting. You change your mind daily, so bear in mind that the list is in no particular order.
Le Louvre – France
Originally Le Louvre was built as a fortress during medieval times, it was also home to many kings of France up to around two centuries ago. The Louvre is a bit of a film star compared to other top galleries, it has featured in many movies including The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks.
Le Louvre has thus become one of the iconic buildings of Paris, and it was the new entrance way that enhanced its reputation. When I.M Pei designed the glass pyramid it was highly controversial as in many ways it clashed with the original classic architecture, but even Parisians have grown to love it.
The main attractions are of course The Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
The Smithsonian – USA
The Smithsonian is the world’s biggest museum and research center. The huge complex in Washington houses an amazing nineteen separate galleries and museums. If you are keen to learn about American history then really there is no better place to go.
The museum has nearly a hundred and fifty million objects open to the public, all relating to the birth and history of this great nation. Mathematicians have actually calculated that if a person looked at each object in the museum for just one minute, it would take ten years to complete a tour of this magnificent museum. The star exhibits are, Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers, the Spirit of St. Louis, the original Star-Spangled Banner, and the Apollo 11 module.
The Acropolis – Greece
Some of the exhibits are gathered from the actual slopes of the Acropolis, and a main feature of the museum is the large glass floor which visitors can walk over and see great views of the archaeological dig. Another recent stunning feature is the new aspect that visitors can view the objects in the Archaic Gallery, these can now be viewed from 360 degrees. The main items on display are, the Frieze of the Parthenon.
Hermitage – Russia
The Hermitage is Russia’s finest museum and it has an art collection many galleries only dream of. There are over three million individual pieces in the Hermitage which covers the period from the Stone Age to the early part of the 20th Century.
Wonderful St. Petersburg is the ideal location for such a museum, and the six buildings that for this historic institution are all situated on the charming Neva River.
The main attractions at the Hermitage include, the Black Sea Littoral, and the Gold Rooms. Leaving Russia behind, in part two of the World’s Best Museums and Galleries, we travel to England, Spain and the USA to discover more fantastic galleries and museums.