10 Museums in Europe Worth Visiting
Europe is a cultural treasure. Whether you prefer history, science, art, etc., you can always find something of your own interest, no matter the city.
1) Louvre, Paris (France)
It should come as no surprise that it is our number one museum. Louvre stands next to the Eiffel Tower when it comes to Paris’ landmarks. It is the most visited museum in the world counting more than 9 300 000 visitors in 2015. To this number can be added 2.3 million followers on social networks. It has more than 380 000 priceless masterpieces to offer, ranging from the 6th century BC to the 19th century. Today it shows 35 000 of them in 8 departments.
2) Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
Founded in 1800 in Hague, the Rijksmuseum soon transfered to the Dutch capital. It’s a national museum dedicated to art and history. In the last few years the number of visitors has reached almost 3 000 000 people per year. Its collection has about one million of masterpieces dating from 1200 to 2000. However, at the moment only 8 000 of them are being displayed to the public.
3) Acropolis Museum, Athens (Greece)
It is an archeological museum based on the foundings of the Acropolis of Athens. It contains pieces from Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. The museum was founded in 2003, however it was not until 2009 that it was opened to the public for the first time.
4) National Gallery, London (UK)
Situated in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery Museum is one of the top tourist attractions in the United Kingdom. It is among the most visited museums of the world, counting almost 6 000 000 visitors in 2015. If you are in London, you get a chance to see the home of some of the Michelangelo’s, Da Vinci’s and Botticelli’s masterpieces, and many others.
5) British Musem, London (UK)
Counting more than 8 million pieces dedicated to human history, art and culture, the British Museum is among the most comprehensive in existence and contains works from all continents. It is often criticised for having artefacts taken from other countries, e.g. Greece or Egypt. The collections spans over 2 million years of human history. In 2013 the museum had almost 7 million visitors, making it the most successful year in their history.
6) Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris (France)
This complex building situated in the 4th arrondissement contains a Public Information Library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne (the largest museum of modern art in Europe) and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research. The centre is also known under the name of Beaubourg.
7) Tate Modern, London (UK)
A modern art gallery situated in the English capital is a national gallery with international modern art. Its collections dates from 1900 onward. In 2015 the gallery counted over 4.5 million visitors. The collection has been divided into four groups: History-Memory-Society; Nude-Action-Body; Landscape-Matter-Environment and Still Life-Object-Real Life.
8) Serralves Museum, Porto (Portugal)
Serralves is one of the most important institutions in the whole country. It contains a Contemporary Art Museum, a Park and a Villa. They are all examples of contemporary architecture, Modernism and Art Deco architecture. Last year the museum visited over 1.3 million tourists.
9) Museum Del Prado, Madrid (Spain)
This main Spanish national art museum is contains many European priceless masterpieces, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century. The collection, counting more than 7 500 pieces, is seen by more than 2 000 000 people each year. The museum is planning an expansion of 16% which should be realised by 2019.
10) Vatican Museums, Vatican City (Italy)
The museum located within the city boundaries has a significant collection built up by the popes throughout the centuries, including some of the most important Renaissance works in the world. There are 54 museums in total, the most recent one being the Sistine Chapel whose ceiling was made by Michelangelo.