How many artworks have already been created since the mankind exist? Did we actually count all of them? No, but I suppose this number is near few millions of items. And that is those represented in galleries, exhibitions, and archives of museums.
Europe is a secluded small oasis of art collected through centuries and can be surely considered as one of the richest places in terms of the best museums worldwide. If you are keen on to visiting cultural heritage while traveling save this list to your organized and enjoy discovering them.
- British Museum (London)
Established in 1753, British Museum is a legend. Covering 990,000 square feets with 100 galleries that keep 8 million art objects, and that is only those carried on the permanent basis. Starting from the Paleolithic civilization, Sumerian Art of 4500-2270 BCE and Assyrian art 1500-612 BCE, and famous Egyptian and Greek art. It is financed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the entrance is free (for the museum based exhibitions).
- Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)
It is a kind of mono artist representation in face of famous expressionist – Vincent van Gogh. It became ranked as the second museum in the Netherlands, and 35th most visited in the world. Above 1.5 million people visit it annually.
- The Louvre (Paris)
Keeping a row of masterpieces including Da Vinci “Mona Lisa” and Greek statue the Venus de Milo. All collections are divided into 8 departments:
- Greek and Roman Antiquities;
- Middle Eastern Antiquities;
- Islamic Art;
- Egyptian treasures;
- Sculpture/Decorative Art dated 15-19th century.
Audience counts 9 million visitors annually.
- National Portrait Gallery (London)
NPG (abbreviation) in London is ranked in top art museums, representing only exclusive portrait artworks. Established in 1856 in one place, it moved to its today location in 1896 (nearby the Trafalgar Square). It keeps over 200,000 British people portraits and over 250,000 original photos. The audience is near 2 million visitors annually.
- Musee d’Orsay Art Museum (Paris)
Art museum with an absolutely unique storage of 19th century. Location – Seine River left bank, Beaux-Arts-style building on the site of an overpass railway station. French modern art of 1848-1915 with Impressionism and Post-impressionism collection of Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Vincent Van Gogh art works are represented here.
- Pinakothek (Munich)
It is famous for its museum arrangement (it composes of several museums):
- The Neue, The Alte;
- The Pinakothek der Moderne;
- Art Museums in Europe.
All they depict a certain cultural field. The Neue Pinakothek is about 18th and 19th-century European painters. The Alte Pinakothek represents Old Masters. The Pinakothek der Moderne focused on 20th-century art.
Here you can find art Caspar David Friedrich, Max Liebermann, Goya, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Renoir, Vincent van Gogh etc.
- The National Gallery (London)
The National Gallery (location – Trafalgar Square) is highly estimated European museum keeping over 2,300 paintings in its permanent exhibition. The entrance is free for the public, but for some areas, the entrance is still charged.
Do you like our compilation? The next step is to choose what to visit first. Good luck!