You are a lover of cultural travel You love to
get lost in galleries and corridors full of art and history
Then you should definitely visit the largest museums in the world.
From the Art Institute of Chicago to the MET in New York, here are the 10 largest museums in the world , full of works and precious relics.
10 – Art Institute of Chicago: 26,000 m2
Photo by Kim Scarborough. Founded in 1879 and guarded by two bronze lions at the entrance, the Art Institute of Chicago has one of the largest art collections in the world: home to more than 300,000 pieces and hosts 30 rotating exhibitions and hundreds of performances by gallery every year.
- Location : Chicago, United States
- Year of inauguration : 1879
9 – National Museum of Korea: 27,090 m2
Photo by by Ian Muttoo. The National Museum of Korea is the most important museum complex in all of South Korea. Over the course of its history it has been moved several times between one location and another. The current location was chosen in 2005, part of the Yongsan park in Seoul.
- Where it is : Seoul, South Korea
- Year of inauguration : 1852
8 – Victoria & Albert Museum: 30,000 m2
Photo by Diliff.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is located in the English capital. It is the largest complex in the world among those dedicated to the minor arts and its collection boasts a total of 4.5 million pieces.
- Location : London, UK
- Year of inauguration : 1852
7 – National Museum of Anthropology: 33,000 m2
Photo by kornemuz. The Museo Nacional de Antropologia (or National Museum of Anthropology) in Mexico City contains archaeological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage. Opened in 1964, the museum features a large collection of archaeological artifacts (originals or replicas) from the very ancient peoples of Mexico, including Olmec, Mexica, Maya, Aztec and others.
- Location : New Mexico, Mexico
- Year of inauguration : 1964
6 – Tokyo National Museum: 38,000 sq m
Photo by Wiiii. Founded in 1872, the Tokyo National Museum is Japan’s oldest and largest museum. The museum’s collections focus on ancient Japanese art and Asian art along the Silk Road. There is also a large collection of Greco-Buddhist art.
- Location : Tokyo, Japan
- Year of inauguration : 1872
5 – Vatican Museums: 43,000 square meters
They say it reaches a new visitor record every year, what is certain is that 8 hours are certainly not enough to visit it all.
From the room of geographical maps, to the helical staircase, from Raphael’s rooms to the famous Sistine Chapel , Michelangelo’s masterpiece. A journey through over twenty centuries of art and history.
- Where is it : Vatican City – Rome, Italy
- Year of inauguration : 1506
4 – Metropolitan Museum of Art: 58,120 m2
The famous MET is a museum of surprising beauty, full of over two million works of art divided into 19 different sections.
Among the most beautiful and famous exhibits is the temple of Dendur, dismantled and faithfully reconstructed in this room next to a tub full of water.
The Metropolitan museum is a journey through time, from ancient Egypt to photography, from sculpture to weapons and musical instruments from every corner of the earth.
- Location : New York, United States
- Year of inauguration : 1870
3 – National Museum of China: 65,000 square meters
The National Museum of China is located in Beijing, China and was born from the union of two important museums: the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the National Museum of Chinese History.
- Where is it located : Beijing, China
- Year of inauguration : 1959
2 – State Hermitage Museum: 66,842 m2
The Hermitage is not just a museum, but a series of buildings (seven) built over the years for the various Tsars. The name Hermitage derives from the word hermitage, the Tsarina Catherine II loved to spend her time here in the company of a few close friends.
All the works of art are arranged in over 350 rooms, for a total area of 20 km, also here is the exhibition of the oldest human body tattoos in the world.
A fascinating curiosity and the “Guardia Felina”, a legend since 1764. Cats lived undisturbed attics and basements and since then they have been at home and have even been recruited as guard cats for works of art. Each cat has a passport complete with photos.
- Location : St. Petersburg, Russia
- Year of inauguration : 1764
1 – Musee du Louvre: 72,735 m2
Over 35,000 works exhibited in the heart of Paris , during the Second World War it was the warehouse of the Nazis who stole works of art from Jews and a military stronghold in the Middle Ages. Visiting this museum in full takes at least 100 days.
- Location : Paris, France
- Year of inauguration : 1793