The Louvre, once a palace that was home to the kings of France, is now the most renowned museum in the world. It is also the largest museum in the world and is a historic monument in France. But what about the other art centers that are not as well-known but tell more specialized stories and show a refined collection? Or those that are not necessarily known for their art, but have incredible art exhibitions? The Louvre has the Mona Lisa, for God's sake. And while you can't miss visiting this famous work while you're there, you'll also want to visit the Delacroix and Dürer collections, as well as the excellent rooms from Ancient Egypt.
In 1983, IM Pei's glass sleeping pyramids made the Louvre go from being a boring national museum to a dazzling architectural wonder, and they also gave it a much more fun environment. The Acropolis Museum has gone through several iterations since it was first conceived in the 1880s, and politicians and historians have proposed several ways to conserve the artifacts unearthed by the Parthenon. Today, it is a spacious and elegant exhibition space that will delight history buffs and idle tourists alike. Walk above the preserved old neighborhoods or see extraordinarily intact objects from the Byzantine city.
The Rijksmuseum is not to be missed if you're a fan of a grim scene from the 17th century. It houses more than a million works of art, and they are by no means limited to just paintings. If you're traveling with children, browse the dollhouse collection and inspect Dutch life in miniature, right down to the small plates prepared for dinner. Are you hungry after so much sailing? Coffee makes excellent Bitterballen.
The Jewish Museum Berlin chronicles Jewish life in Germany from the Middle Ages to the present day. It has only been open since 2001, but it has already acquired a great reputation for its educational and outreach work. Be sure to stop by the impressive music room, with recordings of secular and religious songs.
MALBA, which stands for Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, has only been open since 2002 but has already firmly established itself on the international museum circuit.
Focusing on Latin American art from the 20th century onwards, MALBA has excellent temporary exhibitions, a rich film program and an interactive children's gallery. Paintings by old favorites such as Frida Kahlo and Antonio Berni are on display, along with niche exhibitions on the avant-garde of BA.
The Apartheid Museumnarrates the history of modern South Africa, from its constitutional beginnings to the present day, with a separate space dedicated to Nelson Mandela's life and impact. It is an important and moving collection of photographs, ephemeral objects and archival material, although the most striking of all are the seven pillars of the Constitution (a place of honor in its main courtyard).
Inhotim, which opened its doors in 2002, is as much a lush place to stroll as it is a contemporary art gallery. The museum has filled its gardens with sculptures by Olafur Eliasson and Yayoi Kusama, while inside you'll find impressive large-scale installations. If you're intimidated by its magnitude, we recommend booking a tour with a curator.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), inaugurated just nine days after Wall Street's fall in 1929, houses the largest collection of contemporary art in the world making it one of the most influential museums in existence.
The National Museum of Modern Art, inaugurated in Paris in 1947, houses the second largest collection of contemporary art in the world comprising more than 100,000 works. In addition to its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, Moderna Museet Stockholm also organizes various learning activities and workshops for children related to contemporary art.
The Guggenheim Museum, housed in one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most renowned buildings in America, houses collections that range from impressionism to contemporary art. Conceived in mid-1980s by businessman Bernardo de Mello Paz this plot of private land in Brazil was transformed into a unique place that combines art and nature.
The Palais de Tokyo, based in Paris located in western wing of its building which it shares with Museum of Modern Art of City of Paris located in east wing of building was inaugurated in an old exercise room in 1958 then moved to its new building collecting exhibiting all forms contemporary art.