Vatican Museums

12 of the Most Beautiful Museums in the World

Museums are among the best places to visit when traveling. Many are so stunning and awe-inspiring that makes the trip even more worthwhile. From converted old palaces to modern buildings, the most stunning museums around the world continue to delight, education, and inspire visitors with their impressive collections.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Location: Bilbao, Spain
Points of interest: Contemporary architecture designed by Frank Gehry, widely popular and hailed as one of the most influential piece of architecture in recent years, one of the three Guggenheim museums, architect Philip Johnson dubbed it as “the greatest building of our time”, permanent collections and temporary exhibits

Hanoi Museum
Hanoi Museum
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Points of interest: Architecture that resembles an inverted pyramid, impressive building design that seems to defy gravity, thousands of artifacts that offer a glimpse of the country’s history an dculture

Hedmark Museum
Hedmark Museum
Location: Hamar, Norway
Points of interest: A glasshouse structure that encloses and serves as protection for the medieval cathedral ruins, juxtaposition of old and new, an active archaeological site, ruins and collections that provide insights to the region’s past

Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Points of interest: A monument to Russian culture, stunning art collection, a glimpse into the country’s culture and political history; must-see attractions include the Hermitage Matisses, Hermitage Rembrandts, Jordan Staircase, the paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, sculptures by Michelangelo, and more

Kunsthistorisches Museum
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Location: Vienna, Austria
Points of interest: One of Vienna’s most popular landmarks, beautiful neoclassical building, home to one of the finest art collections in the world, stunning interiors, top attractions include the Picture Gallery with muse-see collections like Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Tower of Babel, Raphael’s Madonna of the Meadow and more; the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, the Coin Cabinet, the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities, the Collection of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and the Library

Musée d’Orsay
Musée d’Orsay
Location: Paris, France
Points of interest: A museum housed in a converted train station, one of France’s iconic museums, impressive collection of Impressionist art; must-see collections include Claude Monet’s La rue Montorgueil, à Paris. Fête du 30 juin 1878; Edgar Degas’ Small Dancer Aged 14, Edouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass, François Pompon’s Polar Bear, Georges Seurat’s The Circus and Van Gogh’s Starry Night among many others

Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum
Location: Toronto, Canada
Points of interest: Art, world cultures, and natural history museum; beautiful architecture, The Crystal (Michael Lee-Chin Crystal), an extensive permanent collection, impressive galleries and exhibitions across the building’s five floors

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Location: New York, USA
Points of interest: Created by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, eye-catching spiral architecture, an impressive permanent collection of art pieces of modern masters, temporary exhibits of the finest artworks from museums across the globe

The Louvre (Musée du Louvre)
The Louvre
Location: Paris, France
Points of interest: Most visited museum in the world, home to some of greatest collections in the world, 35,000 masterpieces that include must-see pieces like the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova, Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault, Rebellious Slave by Michelangelo, The Moneylender and His Wife by Quentin Metsys, The Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory), Law Code of Hammurabi, Venus de Milo, and the Pyramide du Louvre by I.M. Pei.

The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum
Location: London, UK
Points of interest: Breathtaking building with stunning interior, impressive carvings and paintings on the interior’s ceilings, pillars, and walls; amazing collections and exhibitions, the Earth Galleries, Darwin Centre, David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive, dinosaurs on display, events, and more

Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi Gallery
Location: Florence, Italy
Points of interest: One of the oldest galleries in the world, breathtaking exterior and interior, an impressive collection of the world’s finest artworks and masterpieces, must-see attractions like Baccio Bandinelli’s Laocoön and his Sons, Caravaggio’s Medusa, Fra Angelico’s Coronation of the Virgin, Parmigianino’s Madonna with the Long Neck, Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, Titian’s Venus of Urbino, and more

Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Location: Vatican City, Italy
Points of interest: Rich history, extensive art collection, must-sees are the Galleria delle Carte Geografiche (Map Gallery), Museo Chiaromonti & Braccio Nuovo, Museo Gregoriano Egizio (Egyptian Museum), Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, Museo Pio-Clementino, Pinacoteca, Sistine Chapel (Capella Sistina) and Michelangelo’s ceiling and altar frescoes, and the Stanze di Raffaello (Raphael Rooms), the Spiral Staircase by Giuseppe Momo

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