Museums That You Should Include in Your Bucket List

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Museums That You Should Include in Your Bucket List

 

Bucket lists have become a trend nowadays. These lists of things that people want to do or achieve before they “hit the bucket” usually contain places that they want to visit and extraordinary and crazy experiences that they want to try for the first time.

When it comes to must-see places museums should be high up on that bucket list. These destinations might be miles away, even in another country, but some of them are so magnificent that it’s truly worth it to visit them. Here are some of the most stunning museums around the world with fantastic collections that your eyes should set upon.

 

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The Louvre, France

If you have watched the movie “The Da Vinci Code” starring Tom Hanks, you will be familiar with this world-famous museum. Mental Floss, an online magazine that provides puzzles, facts, and trivia, shared that this beautiful museum is a gigantic structure that stretches over 650,000 square feet and is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other royal collections as well as Greek and Roman sculptures.

 

 

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Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

For researchers at heart, the Smithsonian should be perfect. The National Geographic, the official online magazine of the National Geographic Society, mentioned in their article that the museum is the world’s largest research and museum complex. There are more than 137 million historical objects that tell the story of American history.

 

 

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Museum of Natural History and Museum of Art History of Vienna, Austria

These twin museums opened to the public in 1889. No less than the emperor commissioned the museum to be a suitable shelter for the impressive art collection of the royal Habsburg family. The museums are built with marble, gold leaf, paintings, and stucco ornaments. 

Aside from the museums’ impressive architecture, it’s also worth visiting because of the 30 million artifacts it houses.

 

 

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The Vatican Museum, Vatican City

The Roman Catholic Church is also known for having a rich art and antique collections. The Vatican Museum is now over 500 years old and is home to the two most famous art projects in history: the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo and the Stanze della Segnatura by Raphael. The Vatican Museum is also popular because of its important collections of Etruscan and Egyptian artifacts that were uncovered after the Vatican sponsored the archeological excavation.

 

 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

New York City is where the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere can be found, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has more than two million items that represent the history of the entire world from antiquity to the most recent past. Its European collections include artworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Rodin. 

 

 

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Rijksmuseum, Netherlands

The museum was founded in The Hague in 1800, and it was moved to Amsterdam in 1808. Meanwhile, the current Rijksmuseum features Gothic and Renaissance elements that were designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers unveiled to the public in 1885.

 

 

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The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

The Acropolis Museum has an amazing transparent glass floor that allows visitors to literally walk over Greek history. It provides a view of the archaeological excavation that slopes upward to the Acropolis and the sanctuaries of the Athenians from each historic period nearby. The museum is famous for having a frieze of the Parthenon that is mounted on a structure with exactly the same dimensions as the cella of the famous temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.

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