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Top Museums in Europe
Travelling truly allows us to see our world with a fresh perspective and one of the ways in which this is possible is through expanding your travel horizons by visiting educational locales and spectacular museums. If there is one thing Europe is famous for is its rich history, which makes it the ideal location for those looking to better understand the culture and heritage of their chosen European holiday destination. Whether it is through a painted ceiling or stained glass window, the museums in Europe boast some of the finest artefacts the world has ever seen. Here are just a very small handful of must-see museums that represent anything from world-class art to imposing architecture and ancient sculptures.
The Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Italy has been the birthplace and home of some of the most famous intellectual thinkers, innovators and artist in the world, which is why their museums are a must see in whatever city you visit. The Uffizi in particular is one of the most acclaimed art galleries and holds some of Italy’s finest pieces from the early Medieval, Baroque and Mannerist periods.
The Vatican Museums, Rome
You may need a day or two to fully take in all that the 22 collections –strong Vatican Museums buildings can hold! The most well-known rooms in the museums include The Raphael Rooms featuring giant murals painted by Raphael, the portrait gallery of Pinacoteca and the fames Sistine Chapel!
The Rijksmuseum, found in the Museums Quarter of the city is considered to be a dream when it comes to Dutch painting enthusiasts. Among the 900,000 works of art at the Rijksmuseum you will also find paintings by all the local masters, with the most famous piece being The Night Watch by Rembrandt.
Museo Nacional El Prado, Madrid
The Museo Del Prado was originally built as a museum of natural sciences but is now home to one of the world’s greatest museums (it is also the first public museum). The wall of the El Prado consists of the expansive collections of Spain’s royal families over several centuries. Visitors have often said that the building is so vast, that it is impossible to see absolutely everything in one go, so this is one visit that should be repeated!
The National Gallery, London
No European museum or art gallery guide is complete without the mention of The National Gallery in London. Located in the heart of Trafalgar Square, a regular gathering place for political and community events, the National Gallery is home to over 2,300 paintings that belong to the citizens of the UK and therefor offers free entry. Here you will find works by Da Vinci, Claude Monet and Van Gogh.
The Louisiana in Copenhagen, Denmark is claimed to be one of the most Instagrammed museum sin the world, all thanks to the wonderfully colourful and kooky Yayoi Kusama exhibit. The museum opened its doors in 1958 and is home to modern Danish art- it showcases the likes of Jackson Pollack, Henry Moore and Arne Jacobson.
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