What are the best museums in the world?

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

There are really two different types of museums - one of them has Art (like the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and the Prado), and the other has more of historical objects like the Smithsonian, and the British Museum.

Personally I don't want to visit the "best" museum. In order to be the best, they have to be big and all encompassing. They are overwhelming. Even the different sections of the Smithsonian tend to be overwhelming. I'd rather visit the little out-of-the-way museums where I could actually understand the whole collection in an hour or two.

52. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1374 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

There are really two different types of museums - one of them has Art (like the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and the Prado), and the other has more of historical objects like the Smithsonian, and the British Museum.

Sorry Rosalie but I disagree. There are many different types in addition to these - what about science museums, natural history museums, specialist small museums etc.?

My own favourites of those I've visited (and can currently recall!) include the Edo/Tokyo Museum in Tokyo, The Museum of London and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris, the East Side Tenement Museum in New York, the Tiskiwin Museum in Marrakesh, the Museo Fray Pedro Gocial and Guayasamin Museum in Quito ........

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Apr-2018, at 09:26 by ToonSarah ]

53. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1583 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

....specialist small museums etc.?

Of those I've seen, I rather liked the Coca Museo in La Paz, dedicated to Bolivia's national crop. It's small but well-planned and extremely informative. Well worth a look! :):):)

Oh, yes, and the Torture Museum in San Marino has exhibits that really do make your eyes water!

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Apr-2018, at 10:58 by Borisborough ]

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

We loved the Museo dell ‘Opera del Duomo in Florence and the Museo delle Sinopie in Pisa and there were no crowds there. The Duomo museums are generally wonderful since they contain art from the cathedral they accompany. We once passed a very odd motorcycle museum in north central Italy. We were on our way somewhere and had no time to stop, but wondered how they survived out in the middle of the countryside on a smaller road and no city nearby. It was wonderfully kept from the outside so we assumed it must be inside as well.

There is a museum of nearly anything and most are interesting if not fascinating. We've visited doll museums, toy museums, ecomuseums, farm museums, organ museums, music museums, school museums, photography museums and lots of art and history museums. You learn something in each one.

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

Quoting ToonSarah

Quoting greatgrandmaR

There are really two different types of museums - one of them has Art (like the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and the Prado), and the other has more of historical objects like the Smithsonian, and the British Museum.

Sorry Rosalie but I disagree. There are many different types in addition to these - what about science museums, natural history museums, specialist small museums etc.?

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I was trying to make a category for everything else that wasn't ART. Because art museums -you go to look at someone's work which was meant to be displayed and looked at. An Art Museum is really a very restricted kind of museum. They may (like the Hermitage) have furniture and other display objects like pottery/china, but mainly they have paintings, statues,drawings and prints. One can get very tired walking through a big art museum.

Other museums have various kinds of objects which as a rule were used for something and are interesting because of that - not just things that were made specifically to be looked at. The only kind that I can think of which would fit in both categories would be a textile museum.

In addition to science, and natural history you have also antique car museums, aircraft museums, armament museums, carriage museums, button museums and maritime museums - and also aquariums which are kind of a living fish and sea life museum, seashell museums, archaeological museums - the list goes on and on. All these kinds of museums are not the same as ART museums and are IMHO a different category.

Even the largest and most extensive Art Museum cannot begin to have all of the works of all of the artists in the world. The best that they can do is have a representative collection. So they are all incomplete. Some may be more complete than others, but none of them is complete.

With other types of museums, it does not really matter if they have all of some type of object- One of each of the major kinds is enough - A science museum does not have to have every microscope in the world - just the major types. A natural history museum probably has more different species of animals and plants than they can display but they probably do not have all of them

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Apr-2018, at 13:22 by greatgrandmaR ]

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

The cartoon museum in Bruxelles. ( musée de la bd). Simply because I have never see another museum about cartoons anywhere else.
And the restaurant was ok. Nice actually.

57. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1374 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Sorry Rosalie, I don’t think I was clear. I certainly agree with your distinction about art museums (which I tend to call galleries rather than museums) and the rest - my point was that the rest aren’t all about history :)

58. Posted by Sonaligupta (Inactive 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

There are various musiums some of them are
Shivalik Fossil Park Museum in Sirmour,
Indian Museum in Kolkata
International Doll Museum in Delhi
Archeological Museum in Lothal
Kite Museum in Paldi
Island Museum in Nagarjunakonda

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

Quoting ToonSarah

Sorry Rosalie, I don’t think I was clear. I certainly agree with your distinction about art museums (which I tend to call galleries rather than museums) and the rest - my point was that the rest aren’t all about history :)

Natural History has History in its name

I think most museums are about the evolution or the past of some category. Science museum about the progress of science.

What museums are not about history?

60. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1434 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I think most museums are about the evolution or the past of some category. Science museum about the progress of science.

What museums are not about history?

I would say collector museums (e.g stamp museums or that wierd doll museum) aren't really about any history and those I think they call them ethnography museums while there are those about long gone cultures there are plenty that are about showcasing how certain cultures live today. Though I have to say I do find some of those ethnography parks a little bit uncomfortable

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2018, at 07:06 by Teoni ]