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Top 10 Museums

20 Aug 2011  
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Top ten museums I've visited worldwide, with a brief description.

  • 1. Vatican Museum
    Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Lazio

    Not only keeps uncountable treasures from all places, since the beginnings of the western civilization, but also hosts the Sistine Chapel, with its heavenly painted walls and ceiling, signed by Michelangelo.

  • 2. Musee du Louvre
    Musee du Louvre, Paris, Ile-de-France

    The most famous museum in the World. Owner of precious pieces of art and objects, spanning from 7000 bc to 1848 AD. The Monalisa, by Leonardo Da Vinci, and the Hammurabi Code are just two of its most known relics.

  • 3. Capitoline Museum (Musei Capitolini)
    Musei Capitolini, Rome, Lazio

    The most important roman museum I can recall. Also designed by Michelangelo, hosts unbelievable preciosities from the Roman Empire, like Marcus Aurelius equestrian statue, and allows a fantastic view of the Roman Forum ruins.

  • 4. Musee d'Orsay
    Musee d'Orsay, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Spanning from 1848 to 1914, this fantastic collection of impressionist artists, and other contemporary styles, might spoil visits to any other museum of this kind for the rest of your life, making them unimpressive or even boring, and that's precisely why it must be visited.

  • 5. Musee Rodin
    Musee Rodin, Paris, Ile-de-France

    The artist's former residence in Paris now hosts his most important museum. All the classics are there (The Thinker, The Kiss, The Gates of Hell, etc...). The building itself is beautiful, the gardens are charming.

  • 6. Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino)
    Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region

    The collection of pre-columbian art is astonishing. It only lacks a few more pieces of brazilian art, like marajoara pottery. Nonetheless, its a fantastic display of indigenous heritage.

  • 7. Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
    Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal District

    The most impressive private art collection in Argentina hosts a rich display of argentine art, with the likes of Antonio Berni and Xul Solar, besides a few foreign masterpieces, like William Turner's "Juliet and her Nurse", in an ultra-modern and green-oriented building at the most sophisticated neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

  • 8. National Museum (Rijksmuseum)
    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

    If it wasn't partially closed for reform, It would be best ranked in this list, but anyway the "masterpieces" section was open for visits and its Rembrandts and Vermeers were enough for it to make the top 10.

  • 9. Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo
    Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo

    Not in the list because of its collection of foreign artists, like Picasso, Goya or Renoir, but for its unparalleled display of Candido Portinari's works, and other brazilian artists.

  • 10. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
    Madame Tussauds London, London, England

    It might sound a profanity, to many people, including a wax museum, full of real-sized modern-day celebrities' and historical figures' sculputures, in a top 10 museum list, among many respected cultural institutions, but Madame Tussauds' museum in London is a centuries-old institution itself, crowded by children of all ages fullfiling some of their impossible dreams of mocking Hitler's moustache or shaking hands with Obama. Impossible not to enjoy it.