When it comes to art appreciation, it’s all about subjectivity. Maybe you love impressionism, are drawn to the classics or have an eye for more contemporary work. No matter your artistic tastes, you really can’t go wrong. From Rembrandt to Warhol and all the others in between, we’ve got you covered with our top five museums around the world for art lovers. See what museums to visit during the free time on one of our guided tours.
1. Tate Modern
Housed in a decommissioned power station in London’s Southwark neighborhood, the Tate Modern holds a vast collection of British art as well as pieces by international artists. Perhaps Europe’s finest gallery of modern and postmodern art, the Tate features the works of Monet, Matisse, Rothko, Warhol, Picasso and more.
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2. Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg, Russia
One of the largest museums in the world, the Hermitage boasts a permanent collection of over three million items. Displayed in six palatial buildings, this historic museum is also one of the continent’s oldest, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and first opened to the public in 1852. Its collection of paintings might be even larger if not for the sale of several masterpieces by the Soviets in the 1930s. Financier and politician Andrew Mellon purchased 21 of those works and donated them to the American government, and they became the cornerstone of the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art.
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3. The Prado
Formerly the private collection of the Spanish Royal Family, the treasure trove at the Prado includes artwork of varying media from around Europe. With a prime focus on artists from Spain, the Prado is widely considered to have the most prestigious collection of Spanish art.
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4. Guggenheim Museum
Designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry, the innovative building that houses the museum’s collection is widely considered one of the wonders of 20th-century architecture. In addition to a selection of themed visiting exhibits, the Guggenheim is home to works of modern art ranging from new media to large-scale sculpture.
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5. The Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Dedicated to the arts and history of Amsterdam, the collection at the Rijksmuseum is made up of one million Dutch artifacts and pieces of art. Of the 8,000 pieces that are currently on display, paintings from the Dutch Golden Age (including the works of Vermeer and Rembrandt) represent 2,000 of them.
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