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26 Must-Visit Museums Around the World

It’s cool to be cultured.
26 Must-Visit Museums Around the World It’s cool to be cultured.

For every trip out of the country, one must always consider including three things in the itinerary: the best dining places, the must-see tourist spots, and of course, the shopping destinations. BUT, if you truly want to maximize your stay, we suggest you squeeze in a museum visit to your schedule. Housing hundreds of years of works of art, these historical sites will make you learn and appreciate the rich culture of the country even more. 

Below, a list of the  Best Museums in the World according to Trip Advisor’s 2015 list, mixed in with a few of our own favorites. They can also serve as great OOTD backgrounds, mind you.

1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Where: New York, USA

Why: There's more to the MET than Serena and Blair's favorite steps. It's the largest art museum in the United States and one of the most visited in the world. 

2. Musee du Louvre


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Where: Paris, France

Why: Don't just  take an OOTD beside the pyramid - go inside! It is the home of Mona Lisa and 35,ooo other works by some of history's greatest artists.  

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3. Vasa Museum


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Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Why: It's a maritime museum like no other. It houses the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that the museum was named after. The Vasa is a 64-gun warship that sank in 1628.  

4. The Acropolis Museum 


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Where: Athens, Greece

Why: It's where you'll find ruins from Greece's rich ancient history. 

5. Van Gogh Museum


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Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Why: Because, Van Gogh.

6. Academia Gallery


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Where: Florence, Italy

Why: It houses the original statue of David. 

7. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


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Where: Washington DC, District of Columbia

Why: You'll be amazed by the evolution of aviation technology.   

8. The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses 

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Where: Xi'an, China

Why: You won't see these popular terra-cotta warriors anywhere else in the world. 

9. Art Institute of Chicago


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Where: Chicago, Illinois

Why: It has a great collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. 

10. Musee D'Orsay


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Where: Paris, France

Why: The Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900 is as amazing as the art it houses. 

11. State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace

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Where: St. Petersburg, Russia

Why: It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. It is a large complex of six historic buildings, which includes the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors

12. Museo Nacional del Prado


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Where: Madrid, Spain

Why: Features not only the best of Spanish art, but also the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Some were from the former Spanish Royal Collection.

13. National Gallery


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Where: London, United Kingdom

Why: From Leonardo da Vinci to Vincent van Gogh, see priceless works of art for free.

14. Rijksmuseum


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Where: Amseterdam, the Netherlands

Why: If you visit during the winter season, you can even ice skate in the frozen courtyard.  

15. Museo Nacional de Antropologia

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Where: Mexico City, Mexico 

Why: It contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from the Aztec period. 

16. British Museum


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Where: London, United Kingdom

Why: It houses artifacts from all over the world. 

17. The National WWII Museum


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Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

Why: If you want to see the remnants of the World War

18. Pergamon Museum


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Where: Berlin, Germany

Why: The history housed here is larger-than-life. 

19. Instituto Ricardo Brennand 


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Where: Recife, Brazil

Why: It houses the world's largest assemblage of paintings by Frans Post.

20. Inhotim


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Where: Brumadinho, Brazil

Why: Features outdoor artwork that are also great for OOTDs. 

21. Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial


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Where: Jerusalem, Israel

Why:  It's Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Quite eerie, but a must-see, nonetheless.  

22. The Vatican Museum

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Where: Rome, Italy

Why: You'll see the famous works of Raphael and Michael Angelo, as well as the Sistine Chapel and the lush gardens of the Pope's home. 

23. Museum of Latin America


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Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Why: It's dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. 

24. Museum of New Zealand


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Where: Wellington, New Zealand

Why: Art, geology, geography, flora, fauna–all in one space. 

25. 9/11 Memorial Museum

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Where: New York, USA

Why: You'll see the telling of the tragic 9/11 story through multimedia displays, artifacts, and narratives. Say a silent prayer while you're there. 

26. Pinto Art Museum


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Where: Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines

Why: Because it's best to see our very own before going elsewhere. Here's a list of museums to visit in the Philippines. 

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