The Best of Europe’s Museums
From prehistoric artefacts to modern day stories, there’s nothing that appeals more to some of us than visiting a museum. If you’re in Europe, make sure you don’t miss out on my top five recommendations:
British Museum, London
With a collection of over 7 million objects, the British Museum is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive historic collections in the world. Since its establishment in 1753, the majority of this collection demonstrates evidence that illustrates and documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to today. Among the collection are objects of intense worldwide controversy, Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone. The Museum is open daily, 10.00–17.30, admission is free.
Vatican Museums, Rome
Situated inside the Vatican City, the Vatican museums are home to the famous collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout history. The museum was founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II and today includes many renowned classical sculptures, the Sistine Chapel and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 9.00-18.00, admission price from €4.
The Musée du Louvre is a historic monument itself and is the most visited art museum in the world. Opened in 1793, the Louvre has increased its collections vastly by today and proudly presents three famous masterpieces to its visitors – Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo. Other collections within the museum include Egyptian Antiquities and Islamic Art. The museum is open Wednesday to Monday, admission price from €6.
Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg
Founded in 1764, the Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Even though the museum is home to nearly 3 million objects, only a small amount of these are on permanent display to the public. The collection includes the largest collection of paintings in the world, prehistoric art and Egyptian antiquities. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30-18.00 and Sunday, 10.30 – 17.00. Admission price from 548RUB.
In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres
Devoted to the study of World War I, the In Flanders Field museum was originally named Ypres Salient Memorial Museum but was renamed after being refurbished in 1998. The collections at the museum are limited and most exhibits are in the form of computed or text displays however the overall visit gives a magnificent insight into the way things were during the war. This museum could not fail to move even the most hardened. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00-17.00; admission price from €8.
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