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A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

30 Aug

The Louvre Museum in Paris, France was voted as the most visited museum in a recent survey that was conducted by the Art Newspaper. The museum gained even more prominence after it was mentioned extensively in Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code.

I am going to be taking a look at some of the other museums that I have visited which are known for their grand architecture and wide collections of artifacts from around the world.

1. Musee Du Louvre, Paris

Thousands of tourists flock to see her captivating smile that has been the topic of discussion for many a debate group. Even if Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa isn’t all that you want to see, the Louvre has seemingly endless galleries filled with scientific artifacts and artistic masterpieces. Arguably the world’s most famous museum, an estimated 8.5 million streamed through the Louvre last year making it the world’s most visited museum.

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

With more than five million  visits last year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the most popular of tourist attractions, boasts of some of the greatest works of art. The museum houses approximately two million individual objects as its massive list of curatorial departments has something for everyone.

3. British Museum, London

One of London’s top attractions, this museum was established in 1753 with 71,000 objects donated by Sir Hans Sloane. The number of items on display is so large that it took me more than a day to explore the museum. What mainly attracted me to the British Museum was that the entry was free.

4. Centre Pompidou, Paris

The Centre has amazed and delighted visitors since its inception in the year 1977, not only because of its collection but also for its radical architectural statement. The museum puts on display the works of some of the most famous artists of the 20th century modern art such as Chagall, Miro, and Picasso to name a few.

5. National Gallery, London

The museum had close to 5 million tourists popping in last year to view Western European classics by renowned artists of the 13th to 19th centuries like Van Gogh, Renoir, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo which are displayed at the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, which is one of the busiest tourist places in London.

6. Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Considered as the most visitor-friendly museums in the world, the Musee d’Orsay is located in a historic railroad station made of iron and glass. Its collections date from 1848 right through World War I and some of it is even loaned out to other museums. The other attractive feature of the museum is the panoramic rooftop view from the terrace.

7. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

The National Gallery of Art is one of the world’s most pre-eminent museums and houses the work by some of Europe and America’s most renowned artists. Open to public free of charge, the collection at the museum traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present and also includes the only painting by Leonardo Da Vinci in the Americas.

8. National Museum of Korea, Seoul

A preserver of Korean cultural heritage, the National Museum of Korea has about 150,000 pieces on display. It also has a Children’s Museum which works around the theme, “An Exciting Journey into the Past”. It is probably the only museum in the world which allows children to touch and play instruments used in rituals and even try on steel armours there.

9. National Palace Museum, Taipei

Located inside the Forbidden City in China, the National Palace Museum in Taipei had roughly 3 million tourists last year. The museum is home to rare pieces of Chinese art treasures and displays China’s nearly 5000-year history with the help of 620,000 artifacts.
10. Tate Modern, London

Set up in the year 2000 by transforming a disused power station, the Tate Modern in London is probably the trendiest of all the art museums on the list. A national gallery of international modern art, it is part of the four Tate galleries which comprises collections from the late 1500’s to the present day. Works of most of Britain’s modern artists may be found at Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

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