The Most Popular Art Museums Around the World
Museums are important as they play a major role in preservation of cultural and historical artifacts. The exhibition of these artifacts to public provide opportunities for learning and understanding in a pressure-free environment. Art museums, specifically, offers glimpses at different cultures through artwork from all time periods. Museums are like the tangible internet; they offer an eye-opening, immersive global learning experience.
Now, let’s take a look at the most popular art museums around the world.
The State Hermitage Museum
Located in St. Petersburg, Russia, the State Hermitage Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. It has been opened to the public since 1852. It houses a permanent collection of more than 3 million objects which include decorative arts, antiquities, and a beautiful selection of paintings all over the world.
The Hermitage Museum complex is popular for its architecture and interior design inspired by Greek revival, Neo-Classical, and Elizabethan Baroque styles. An average of 4.2 million people visits the museum in one year.
The National Palace Museum
If you’re interested to take a look at the facets of the great ancient Chinese civilization, then the National Palace Museum in Taipei is the place to go. Over 700,000 imperial art and artifacts are kept there. However, only 1% of those objects including ceramics, carvings, calligraphy, and metalwork are displayed.
Nevertheless, it’s worthy to visit and see the most unique and precious collections of Chinese civilization. In fact, an average of 4.4 million visitors line up every year in this museum.
The National Gallery
Founded in 1824, the National Gallery in Westminster, Central London houses a wide collection of paintings dating from mid-13th century to 1900s. Some of the most popular paintings found in the museum are Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, and The Hay Wain by John Constable.
The museum, like others, offers free admission and actually welcomes 5.2 visitors per year.
The National Gallery of Art
Located inside in the National Mall in Washington DC is the National Gallery of Art which boasts a wide collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, and decorative arts. The building is comprised of 3 spaces: the West Building, the East Building, and the Sculpture Garden.
The European masterworks from the Middle Ages through the 19thcentury are found in West Building. The East Building displays the museum’s modern collection. And the garden holds a beautiful selection of modern and contemporary sculpture. Around 5.2 people tour around the museum every year.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The most popular museum in New York City is the Metropolitan Museum of Art which is also called, “the MET.” Its permanent collection contains 2 million works such as paintings, sculptures, costumes, musical instruments, and a whole lot more. The MET actually has three locations: the main building on the eastern edge of Central Park; The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan; and the Met Breuer museum at Madison Avenue.
The MET originally opened to bring art and art education to the American people. Now, it welcomes an average of 6.7 million guests from different countries.
The National Museum of China
In 2003, two monumental institutions, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the National Museum of Chinese History merged and created China’s top palace of history and art. Though technically it’s only been 16 years, the National Museum of China is already on the list of the largest and most popular museums in the world.
It houses more than one million rare and precious pieces, including a Han Dynasty jade burial suit, a Red lacquer box from the Qing Dynasty, and Eagle-shaped pottery of neolithic Yangshao culture. Every year, there are more than 8 million visitors who come to the museum.
On top of the list is the biggest and most visited museum all over the world, The Musée du Louvre in Paris. It was originally built as a castle and fortress in the 12thcentury. Eventually, it became a palace or the main residence of the French kings. Then, in 1682, it was decided to primarily become a place to display the royal collection, including ancient Greek and Roman sculpture.
Now, it displays a wide range of artworks and antiquities including Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci’s Monalisa. The Louvre welcomes an average of 10.2 million visitors each year.
With this number of visitors each museum receives every year, it’s safe to say that art is not dead. It continues to entertain, educate, and inspire millions of people who get to see them every year.