What are the best museums in the world?

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11. Posted by Piecar (Inactive 1218 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Apologies, I meant the Gold Museum mentioned in Bogota.....Also, since I get to add something here...The Gold Museum in Plaza Bolivar in Cartagena should be avoided at all costs, likewise the Colonial Museum across the plaza. Both are Tourist Trap pieces of shit. I lived in Carta for two years, and got to visit both for free(because networking) and both suck.

12. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4621 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

The war museum in Seoul is one of the best museums I've ever been to. Also, I went to the KGB museum in Vilnius earlier this year and that was fascinating.

13. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2203 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting bex76

TI went to the KGB museum in Vilnius earlier this year and that was fascinating.

I agree, it really got the story over to me. Much more than Auzschwitz with its rooms full of shoes etc, which seemed an attempt to shock.

14. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2923 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is an unusual museum. I thought it was worth a visit. But don't expect to see old pretty paintings or historical artifacts from a bygone era.
http://www.tuolslenggenocidemuseum.com/http://www.tuolslenggenocidemuseum.com/

My part of the US received a lot of Cambodian refugees. Some worked in the same company I worked at. I was a volunteer ESL teacher for a few years. (ESL - English as a second language.) Heard a lot of stories from Cambodian refugees. Had to put this place on my "must see" list.

15. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4621 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is an unusual museum. I thought it was worth a visit. But don't expect to see old pretty paintings or historical artifacts from a bygone era.
http://www.tuolslenggenocidemuseum.com/http://www.tuolslenggenocidemuseum.com/

I agree, a must - visit when in Phnom Penh.

The peace museum in Hiroshima is very good, as well as being a very hard- hitting and sombre experience of course.

16. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1434 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I don't usually visit museums much. I have visited the Australian Museum and the Powerhouse a couple of times (especially if they have exhibits I'm interested in) which in my opinion are pretty good. Years ago I did the museum rounds in Canberra but I have heard they have really changed a lot since then especially the Australian War Memorial. When I was in Washington DC I did visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History which I have to admit impressed me and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Other than that most museums I visit are those attached to archaelogical sites. Recently I visited the Moundville site and I thought their little museum was pretty good, a great range of artifacts and dioramas depicting what life was like on the site. In Mexico I really liked the Olmec La Venta open air museum. While the artifacts are replicas it was great to see what they were like in situ, gives them context compared to seeing them behind a glass case. In Iceland there was a witchcraft museum which I enjoyed and thought was well designed and when I visited Sweden the Falun copper mine museum I found to be pretty awesome, with great dsiplays and interactive features while further up the coast I did enjoy the Naturum Hoga Kusten about the rising coastline and suprisingly they had English translations of everything, only minus was the interactive displays didn't work:( If they fix that the museum would be great.

17. Posted by Tabithag (Respected Member 790 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I would definitely agree that the Genocide Victims Museum in Vilnius, Tuol Sleng in Phnom Penh, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, all give an excellent (albeit most disturbing) insight into the relatively recent history of those countries.

I may be a little biased, but I do think that many of the London museums (British, Science, Natural History) are very good, and there are also many smaller museums that cater to particular interests, such as the old operating theatre and, if you can get in to it, the Metropolitan Police Black Museum.

A few of others that I would flag up are the Museum of Natural Science in Houston, Texas, the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, and the strangely named 'Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation' Museum in Kobe, which is about the devastating earthquake there and how such destruction can be avoided. On a smaller scale, I liked the First Nations potlatch exhibits at the U'Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, British Columbia, and the Civil Rights Memorial Centre in Montgomery, Alabama.

18. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1913 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

The big museums (like the British Museum) have an embarrassment of riches

I don't think a person could possibly see all of everything worth seeing in one visit It also depends on what your goal is for visiting the museum. What do you want to see and what do you want to learn? I think it is essential to answer those questions before you go to any of the big museums.

I was a middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and when we would visit Washington D.C. to go to the Smithsonian, I would give the kids questions to answer on the exhibits which were on something that we were studying, so that they had a focus. So when I went to the British Museum, I had a focus - There were two items that I really wanted to see (Rosetta Stone and Elgin Marbles) and I also thought that I should concentrate on something that the British Museum had that would be better or more complete than what other museums would have. So I wasn't interested in looking at Egyptian mummies - we have those at home. I decided to concentrate on Roman Britain and that worked very well. There was a docent tour in that area at the time we were there.

Some museums don't have a good focus - the Charleston Museum, for instance has a lot of good information on the history of the area, but it also has stuffed animals from Africa and a bunch of other unrelated stuff which has been donated through the years and it just sitting around.

I really prefer the smaller and more focused museums where you can see everything without getting 'museum feet'. I like the East Martello Tower in Key West, for instance, which is not in any way a world class museum, but is really interesting non-the-less.

19. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4621 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

The big museums (like the British Museum) have an embarrassment of riches

I don't think a person could possibly see all of everything worth seeing in one visit It also depends on what your goal is for visiting the museum. What do you want to see and what do you want to learn? I think it is essential to answer those questions before you go to any of the big museums.

I agree. I liked it at the Prado in Madrid where they have a leaflet of the highlights or must-sees, and after targeting those and a few others I was happy that I hadn't missed out on too much.

I also find that after a certain amount of time in a museum I can't take any more - maybe it's information overload or something - and also after a while I'm likely to be hungry/thirsty/weary etc! I travelled with a couple last year who spent 6 hours in a museum in Sofia; much as it was interesting, I don't think I could ever spend that long in a museum without a break!

20. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1913 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

in the Prado I knew I wanted to see the Spanish painters (Velasquez, Goya and El Greco etc) so I went to see those and did not bother with the French or Italian painters except in passing. But I also wanted to see the paintings by Hieronymus Bosch so I went there too.

At the National Gallery in London, I wanted to see Constable and Turner. Constable because I knew I would be seeing Salisbury Cathedral later, and Turner just because I like him. And on the way I saw a huge horse picture by Stubbs and also the series of paintings by Hogarth (unfortunately we saw these backward)