Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
France and art are two things that are almost intertwined. So of course, our list starts off with the Louvre Museum in Paris. It’s not surprising that the world’s most famous museum houses some of the most iconic paintings in the world and has been featured in countless movies. Ever heard of the Mona Lisa? You’ll find her hanging at the Louvre along with 380,000 other special pieces.
Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
When you arrive at the Vatican Museums, the first thing you must do is walk through the Sistine Chapel and stand under Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. This museum of artwork collected by Popes throughout the centuries is one of the world’s largest. Take in sculpture pieces and paintings by famous artists like Leonardo da Vinci. Don’t be surprised if you need to wait in line for hours!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Even if you’re not into art, the MET is still worth a trip if you’re in New York City. Home to the Met Gala and the backdrop of many NYC-based movies, this museum is a cultural icon. Along with sculptures and paintings, you can also visit the armory or the Egyptian hall. After your visit, take a stroll through Central Park for more sculpture on the grounds around the museum itself!
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
This museum in Russia is the second-largest in the world. You’ll get a chance to view pieces by Picasso, Rembrandt and da Vinci. What’s even more impressive is that there are over 3 million pieces on display. Since only a fraction of them are on there permanently, make sure to check out their website before you visit.
Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France
This museum was originally a train station. Today, you’ll find Impressionism and Post-Impressionism paintings here, including Monet, Manet and van Gogh. Since Musee D’Orsay is also in Paris, it makes a great add-on to your Louvre visit!