The 10 Must-See Museums of the World

The world's greatest cities house the world's greatest collections of art and artifacts ever created. Some are so extraordinary, that they're worth a visit to the city just to spend hours or even days to admire them all. You haven't seen the world if you haven't stepped into these buildings:

    The Louvre

  1. The Louvre, Paris
  2. There are always long lines at the door, but it's worth the wait to see the world's greatest and most famous museum. Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa is the star, but there are literally thousands of other treasures of human civilization, from Egypt, Asia, ancient Greece and Rome.
    See the Paris City Guide

    The Hermitage

  3. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
  4. This gigantic museum has the world's largest collection of paintings. It's a stunning place, covering the history of the world from the Stone Age to present times, and especially impressive are the Golden Rooms with their golden gems.

    The British Museum

  5. The British Museum, London
  6. This museum has millions of works of art from all over the world. Its galleries are devoted to Egypt, Greece, Roman civilization, Asia, Africa, and medieval Europe, tracing human history and culture. The highlight is the Elgin Marbles that once decorated the Parthenon in Athens.
    See the London City Guide

    Egyptian Museum

  7. The Egyptian Museum, Cairo
  8. As you'd expect, here you'll find the most complete collection of Egyptian art in the world. Among the thousands of treasures (which includes the popular Mummy Room) are the famous artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb.
    See the Cairo City Guide

    Uffizi Gallery

  9. Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  10. This 16th-century palace holds hundreds of masterpieces, including marvelous Renaissance sculptures and Botticelli's famous Birth of Venus, among other much-recognized masterworks of the Renaissance.
    See the Florence City Guide

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

  11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  12. A truly outstanding museum, with everything from Islamic, Egyptian, Greek, and Indian art, to European paintings. It holds over 2 million pieces from around the world, from pre-history to the 21st century.
    See the New York City Guide


  13. MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York
  14. This is the most important modern art museum in the world. It covers the late 19th century to the present day, with highlights including Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon or Van Gogh's Starry night.
    See the New York City Guide

    Vatican Museums

  15. The Vatican Museums, Rome/Vatican City
  16. It's a series of exhibition spaces filled with priceless treasures that blow visitors away by their grandeur and beauty. The highlight is Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.
    See the Rome City Guide


  17. Prado, Madrid
  18. This treasure trove includes sculptures and drawings, but the strongest collection is, naturally, of Spanish masterpieces by Goya, El Greco and Velazquez (whose Las Meninas is the best-known piece of the museum).
    See the Madrid City Guide

    National Archaeology Museum

  19. National Archaeological Museum, Athens
  20. This is the place to admire the masterpieces of ancient Greece. Its unrivaled collection includes a bronze Artemision Podeidon from the 5th century B.C.
    See the Athens City Guide