What are the best museums in the world?

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31. Posted by RachelB17 (Budding Member 42 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Is this list from personal experience? Have you been to all of them?

32. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1721 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

RachelB17, are you addressing any one of us in particular or everyone in general?

To answer your question for myself, yes, I have often visited both the Louvre and the Orsay.

33. Posted by skysmith (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I believe that the Museum Of Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors And Horses In Xi'an, China can also be added into the list as it depicts the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

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35. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 441 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I've been to most of those mentioned and while I've enjoyed most of the big museums I'd have to say that leaving out the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg is a huge oversight. I'd put it, the Smithsonian (and the various sub Smithsonian branches as some of the best in the world.

36. Posted by woinparis (Inactive 145 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I am visiting less and less museums. I prefer wandering in the streets.
I still do some museums.
Just did Bozar in Bruxelles last week and hated it. Cubism exposition ...
And when we exited it the musée of the musical instruments was closed. Yet this is the kind of museums I love : a splendid building - from Horta- and interesting stuff that you don't have to be told what it is to like

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Mar-2018, at 02:55 by woinparis ]

37. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2203 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I too am visiting fewer museums. My ex used to want to go in them; now I prefer being outdoors more and enjoying the architecture and landscape.

I confess to having a short attention span - I found the Hermitage tedious with lots of dark medieval art.

38. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 339 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andyf

I too am visiting fewer museums. My ex used to want to go in them; now I prefer being outdoors more and enjoying the architecture and landscape.

I confess to having a short attention span - I found the Hermitage tedious with lots of dark medieval art.

I'm exactly the same, although Museums and exhibitions are a very good way to spend a day if the weather isn't being too kind.

39. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1913 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andyf

I too am visiting fewer museums. My ex used to want to go in them; now I prefer being outdoors more and enjoying the architecture and landscape.

I confess to having a short attention span - I found the Hermitage tedious with lots of dark medieval art.

You have to take charge of your visit. When we were at the Hermitage, we were going through in order of the time when stuff was painted, and after about half an hour of that, I said, "My granddaughter's favorite painter is Van Gogh. Do you have any of his paintings here?" and we skipped all of the rest of the Medieval and Renaissance and went straight to the Impressionists and spent the rest of our time there. (They have 8 paintings by Van Gogh.)

I like architecture and I will often ask if there is some kind of walking tour in a small town, but I like to go to some museums also. I prefer the little quirky ones, like the Broward County museum in Titusville, FL and the Submarine Museum in St. Mary's Georgia, that I can see in a half hour or so and where there is usually someone there who is a local person who is interested in telling me about local history.

When I go to one of the big famous museums, I figure out one or two things I want to see there, and go see those things first. Then if I still have some energy, I see some other stuff. But usually (as I also have a short attention span), I just see those things and then leave.

40. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1721 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

We love museums but usually go with a purpose. Each time we go to the Louvre, for instance, we decide ahead of time exactly what we want to see and go directly there. When we're finished, we often wander the museum until lunch (or dinner) time and then leave to do something else. My husband has a few paintings he particularly enjoys at the Orsay so we always make a point of seeing those even if we are there for a very short visit.

And yes, the little quirky museums out in the countryside are usually wonderful and the people who work in them are very enthusiastic and willing to share all kinds of interesting information.

On a rainy day, a museum can't be beat . . . interesting, informative and dry!