Museums that bring together monuments and artifacts from different civilizations are surely some of the most important places to learn about the origins of the cultural values of different peoples.
According to Discovery Travel, the top 10 cultural sites or museums in the world are:
- The British Museum (London)
Considered to be the most fascinating and complex museum in the world, The British Museum brings together the culture of the whole world under one roof. From Egypt, Rome and ancient Greece to the popular costumes of American Indians, from prehistoric and ancient Asian art to the indigenous peoples, all these civilizations somehow “meet” in London. Visiting this museum is one of the few occasions where you can discover the culture of many countries simultaneously. It’s amazing to get a chance to discover your own country’s culture from another perspective, in a harmonious global context.
- Louvre Museum (Paris)
Louvre hosts world-famous paintings, and wonderfully depicts the history of France. Famous for the unique works of art it showcases, the architecture of Louvre itself is also intriguing and beautiful. It combines French architectural styles from the twelfth, sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. The museum also reflects the French people’s taste for beauty and art, and their contrast from the lives of the general public at those times.
- Natural History Museum (London)
With 70 million exhibits, the British Museum of History hosts all known forms of life studied by mankind over a period of 250 years. The museum beautifully showcases the details of our knowledge about all living organisms known on Earth. The Museum of London is one of the world’s leading nature science museums.
- Uffizi Gallery (Firenze)
This museum that owns most of the works of Boticelli. It is home to many Renaissance works and has been built by the famous Medici family. It is a national museum with exquisite, rare Italian artifacts.
- The Sistine Chapel (Vatican)
The Vatican is said to be a work of art in itself, and the Sistine Chapel is its masterpiece. If you love the combination of art and history, this is a must visit place.
- Hermitage (St. Petersburg)
A wonderful museum built according to the size and culture of the Russian people. The works of art hosted here are spread across a palace with five different bodies. It currently is the world’s largest art museum. If you were to stop for a minute in front of every artwork featured here, you would need three weeks to go through all the rooms of this huge museum.
- National Palace Museum (Taipei)
The National Palace Museum is the most famous Asian Museum, a beautiful and intriguing construction which amazingly reflects 5,000 years of Chinese history, with imperialist art collections, together with many Asian inventions and innovations. The culture of Japan, Thailand and India is well represented in the museum, beautifully mixed with pieces of Tibetan, Pakistani and Korean arts.
- National Archaeological Museum (Athens)
This is the place where ancient Greece emerges from the history books and becomes tangible. The oldest exhibits featured here date back to the fifth century AD.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
This museum is very representative to our planet’s art and culture. A wonderful mix of the classic and contemporary worlds, the American Museum hosts a vast amount of artworks from different cultures. It features various Islamic, African and European pieces of art, unique medieval weapons, surreal artworks, ancient armors, traditional costumes and sculptures. What’s truly amazing is how all of them come together in a beautiful way, a definite must see if you love art.
10. Museum of Art History (Vienna)
The Vienna Museum place displays various pieces of art, paintings, porcelain sculptures, traditional furniture, fashion, jewelry. This place can provide you with a good overview of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, one of the largest and most powerful European empires that influenced the culture and traditions of Central and Eastern Europe.