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One of the gems among the museums of Europe is La Louvre, Paris. The building which the works are housed in is just as amazing as the magnificent paintings, sculptures and relics from history held inside. The former royal palace and modern glass pyramid are contrasting but equally brilliant pieces of architecture.
The collection contains thousands of exhibits which would take months to see. Due to the vast size of La Louvre it is important to organise your visit to prioritise the pieces you would like to see most. The Mona Lisa by Da Vinci is a crowd favourite as is the Venus Di Milo by Michelangelo. It can be difficult to catch a glimpse of these star exhibits at peak times but there are hundreds of lesser known works of outstanding cultural merit to enjoy as you wait.
Whilst in Paris you should also enjoy the Musee d'Orsay where you will find many of the most famous and well known paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, and Rembrant. During my last visit I was able to enjoy Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and Monet's Water lilies from only inches away.
If you are planning a visit to Rome, when you have finished exploring the fantastic culture of the historic city which was once the centre of Europe you should pay a visit to the Vatican Museum. There is simply no way to describe the wonder of the Sistine Chapel ceiling which was painted by Michelangelo and is one of Italy's national monuments. It is the most famous ceiling art in the world and much has been written about it but you can not fully appreciate the magnificence until you have stood there in person and looked upon it. The museum is also home to an exceptional range of pieces including The Laocoon Group which is a fantastic marble sculpture from the 1st century BC. The piece has survived in remarkable condition for the age and is magnificent.
If your interest weighs more towards science than art then an absolute must see museum in Europe is the Natural History Museum, London. The museum is fully of a wide variety of exhibitions including the work of Darwin, the principles and history of watch and clock making and a breathtaking photographic exhibition. In the months surrounding Christmas the museum is also home to a 950m outdoor ice rink for winter ice skating.
If your trip to Europe will include Spain you should pay a visit to the national museum which is known as Museo Nacional Del Prado in Madrid. The Del Prado is home to the works of Picasso, including the acrobat balancing on a ball and one of the most important paintings by Francisco Goya, the Victorious Hannibal which will spend the next 6 years at the museum.
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