Humans have, since time immemorial, had the desire to collect things of beauty and importance. These ‘things’ would remind them of some significant happening or period, and would hold special relevance. Museums are places that not only exhibit these ‘priceless’ object, but also keep them safe and protected for future generations. In our endeavour to provide you with a holistic travel experience (whenever you do travel), we bring you the greatest museums in the world – holding within their walls some of the best, largest, and most important antiques, art piece, and other collectibles on earth.
- The world’s largest museum and research complex – 19 museums and galleries, National Zoological Park, and various stations for research – the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. is an impressive place. There are over 137 million objects on display here – each one holding some ‘tale’ as part of the great American story. With so much to see, if you were to spend a minute (day and night) each for every item, you would still see only 10% over ten years! These statistics are impressive enough! Through meticulous planning it would be possible to view some of the best and main attractions at the institute – aim to view about 2-3 exhibits in about 3-4 different museums. Some of the major attractions are Dorothy’s red slippers (the magic pair of shoes worn by Dorothy Gale as played by Judy Garland in the classic 1939 MGM musical movie The Wizard of Oz. Because of their iconic stature, the ruby slippers are now considered among the most treasured and valuable items of film memorabilia – Wikipedia). There is also -dresses worn by the First Ladies, The original star-studded banner, The Gem Hall with the Hope Diamond, the 1903 flyer made by Wright Brothers, and several other such invaluable pieces depicting the history of the great country America.
- The Le Louvre, Paris, France, was first a fortress and palace of the medieval kings – was converted to a museum about 200 years ago. The collections at the museum range from ancient time to the 19th century – are considered amongst the most significant anywhere in the world. This museum houses – the famed Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci, the Venus de Milo (an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture – Wikipedia) and The Winged Victory of Samothrace, (Nike of Samothrace, is a marble Hellenistic sculpture of Nike, that was created about the 2nd century BC – Wikipedia) – and many other historically significant pieces.
- The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greeceis a stunning gallery, with an astounding transparent glass floor. It houses objects found on the slopes of the Acropolis, the ancient citadel in the city of Athens. Exhibits in the Archaic Gallery afford an unobstructed all round view of the objects, since they are displayed in open spaces allowing the objects to be completely viewed in the changing natural light. The frieze of the Parthenon is one of the most famous possessions of the museum
- The State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia has a spectacular and magnificent art collection from around the world – housing over three million such ‘beauties’. The collectibles range from the Stone Age up to the early 20th century, and the museum spans six buildings, along the path of the Neva River. The foremost structure resembles a confectionery and is known as the Winter Palace – because of its blue and white coloured structured that is highly elaborate and ornate. From 1764 over a few centuries, the Czars of Russia lived here. Catherine the Great made it into a museum after buying 255 paintings from Berlin. The works of ‘greats’ such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, Titian, da Vinci, Picasso, Gauguin, Cézanne, van Gogh, and Goya are the main attractions here. The treasure Gallery’s gold rooms house golden masterpieces from Eurasia, pieces from Nicholas II’s private collection, and several other invaluable and beauteous antiquities.
- The British Museum, London, England is the largest museum in Britain and houses national collections related to archaeology and ethnography (study of peoples and cultures with their customs, habits, and mutual differences). There are more than 8 million such collectibles and include prehistoric bones, chunks of Parthenon, completed Assyrian palace rooms, and flawless gold jewels.
- Operating under the guidance and protection of the royal family of Spain is The Prado, in Madrid. Over centuries, the collection has been gathered and commissioned as art by the kings and queens of this country. Additionally, the best of art works by Velázquez, Goya, Ribera, and Zurbarán. The Prado also has a vast collection of the works of Italian artists such as Titian and Raphael and Flemish artists as well. Possibly, the most famous piece is ‘The Three Graces’ by Rubens.
- Varying collections, 22 in number, comprise the MuseiVaticani, or The Vatican Museums, in Italy. Each one is more spectacular than the previous – the most splendid being the MuseoPio-Clementino, Raphael rooms, Pinacoteca which is the picture gallery with the best of medieval and Renaissance paintings, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The ancient Egyptian exhibits too are extremely famous and invaluable – must not miss the MuseoGregorianoEgizio, and several others. The place is steeped in culture, history, complemented by mysticism.
We have listed down a few of the greatest museums in the world – there are several more – but we believe that this list would have stoked your curiosity. It would be extremely intriguing and exciting to make a trip to any of these ‘houses of invaluable collectibles’, and learn so much more about the world that once was, and how it has shaped the world we live in today. These are not collections of dusty, old, and neglected fossils, but hold truly great ‘pieces of history’ that are worth spending your time and effort.