Which museums really deliver the promise of the best art collections? Here is a listing of 5 museums that follow through on the claim to be one of the best in the world.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The home of Rembrandt, the Rijksmuseum boasts one of the world’s most complete collections of the Dutch Masters. Top of the list to see here is Rembrandt’s “The Nightwatch”, as well as Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” and Jan Steen’s “The Feast of Saint Nicholas”.
Musee du Louvre, Paris – Best known for owning The Mona Lisa, the Louvre houses a vast collection of exhibits ranging from prehistory to the 19th century. Must-sees at the Louvre include: Vermeer’s “The Astronomer”, Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” and ancient sculptures such as Venus di Milo. Also don’t miss the amazing collection of Greek and Egyptian Antiquities on display.
Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome – The Vatican Museums house what is arguably the most stunning collection of art found in the world throughout its 54 galleries, including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Fra Angelico, Titian and Raphael. Undoubtedly, the jewel in the Vatican Museums’ crown is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel – which can only be seen after working your way through the other 53 galleries.
The National Gallery, London – With its impressive collection, The National Gallery, London museum can stand its ground with any museum in the world. Home to 24 Peter Paul Rubens, 19 Claude Monet paintings and 20 Rembrandts, this museum packs a punch for the art lover. Other art jewels include two unfinished Michelangelo paintings, “The Entombment” and “The Manchester Madonna”, as well as Piero della Francesca’s “The Baptism of Christ”.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. – If you can’t get to Europe, head to Washington D.C. to see the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci on the North American continent, as well as some of the great masters such as Boticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals. It also showcases American artists such as Cassat, Whistler, Andy Warhol, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Best of all, this national treasure is free to the public all year round.
While the large, national museums might always have the biggest names, don’t overlook the smaller regional museums, and always be on the lookout for big name exhibitions that might be coming to your region. You don’t have to be a connoisseur of art to appreciate it.