Friday, May 13, 2011

World's Top10 Best and Historical Art Museums

The world's ten best museums can be summed up in one word: majestic. Museums chronicle the world in a way that history books cannot. For that reason, people travel all over the world to visit the world's top museums. Picking the world's top 10 museums is not an easy task, but here are our top choices.

The Louvre Art Museum

1. The Louvre Art Museum

Some fun facts about the Louvre. The history alone makes the Louvre stand out. Napoleon Bonaparte. Louis XIV. Phillip II. These historic figures played a role in the Louvre.
The Louvre is a museum inside of a palace in the heart of Paris, walking distance from the Seine River. Not only is the Louvre the world's most visited museum, but also it features more than 35,000 pieces encompassing all periods of recorded history.

The Gallery at Accademia di Belle Arti Art Museum 

2. The Gallery at Accademia di Belle Arti

When architecture experts speak of the world's finest architecture, they look at Florence. When sculptors speak of the world's most adored statue, they speak of Michelangelo’s David. The Gallery at Accademia di Belle Arti houses the David.
The museum houses a fine collection of Michelangelo’s work and the Pieta, a sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus.

Uffizi Gallery Venice Art Museum

3. Uffizi Gallery Venice Art Museum

The fact that two Florence museums appear high on this list should not be a surprise. Florence is the heart of European art. The Uffizi, originally a palace, stands as one of the oldest museums and includes Botticelli's The Birth of Venus and Rembrandt's self-portraits.

 Musee d'Orsay Art Museum

4. Musee d'Orsay Art Museum

This Paris museum was designed in the remnants of a train station. The museum hits the keynotes of Impressionism and its French roots from Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Degas. Even though most people have seen "Starry Night" in posters, Van Gogh's masterpiece is as equally effecting in person

The Vatican Art Museum

5. The Vatican Art Museum

The Vatican is more than the Catholic Church's epicenter. People from all over the world travel to the building to see one of the great architectural achievements ever--and to hear popes speak.
Aside from religious relics, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel demonstrate the highest art of Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli. Recently Hollywood blockbusters have been including the Vatican in numerous films.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

6. Metropolitan Museum of Art

This list would not be complete without America's finest museum, "The Met" features more than 2 million pieces of art. MoMA excels where other museums fail. MoMA displays the finest of European artwork in the same building as classic works stretching back to Ancient Egypt. The result is a collection that even European museums are jealous of because of its artistic reach.

The Smithsonian Art Museum

7. The Smithsonian Art Museum

The Smithsonian is a museum to get lost in. The Smithsonian presents the highlights of American History, showing that in more than 200 years, America's history can rival the history of Europe's greatest nations.

 J. Paul Getty Center Art Museum

8. J. Paul Getty Center Art Museum

The Getty museum delivers the works of Van Gogh and Monet to audiences of the American Pacific. With the Getty, no longer does a person have to travel to New York and Europe to experience the epitome of art.

Tate Modern Art Museum

9. Tate Modern Art Museum

This London museum shies from the ancient and classic and focuses on the modern. What results from the focus is the world’s largest Surrealist collection and the best place to take in Salvador Dali's masterpieces outside of the museum named for him in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Museo del Prado Art Museum

10. Museo del Prado Art Museum

The Prado in Madrid is considered among the world finest collection of arts after the 12th Century. The Prado encompasses all mediums with thousands of drawings and prints, coins and historic medals. Prominent artists include Titian, Raphael, Peter Paul Reubens and Francisco Goya.