The Louvre

A place to ponder and admire, museum's live and breathe art | Source: Dat Vo

Grandest Museums in the World You Can’t Miss

Museums are a place of history, science, art and above all, learning. A cultural hub, museums have the power to transport you to a specific place and time and experience all it has to offer.

Some of the grandest museums in the world boast incredible architecture, and worldly exhibitions and each is a different and breathtaking experience, with no two the same.

After visiting the world’s most beautiful universities and the world’s most beautiful national parks, the next stop should be these awe-inspiring grand museums.

Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

Opulent architecture and a cool colour palette, the façade of this museum evokes a sense of intrigue. The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar was erected on an artificial projecting peninsula in Doha. Its architecture is inspired by ancient Islamic buildings with unique geometric patterns.

The building was designed by award-winning architect I.M Pei and is made up of a five-storey main building. Since opening its doors in 2008, the museum has seen a diverse range of exhibitions including Qajar Women: Images of Women in the 19th Century Iran, Imperial Threads: Motifs and artisans from Turkey and Syria Matters.

The Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art is positioned on a 7-kilometre stretch in Corniche, Doha, an artificial peninsula | Source: ArchDaily

The Louvre, Paris

Of course, no round-up of the world’s most iconic museums can be made without the Louvre. To date, it is the largest and most visited museum in the world. Originally built as a palace in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II, parts of the medieval palace are still in place in the basement of The Louvre.

The museum displays a breathtaking 35,000 works of art and is home to 615,797 objects. Split into collections, displays include Egyptian antiquities, sculptures, decorative art and paintings.

Don’t miss the chance to take a selfie with the Mona Lisa or soak in the astonishing Renaissance collection.

The Louvre
Once a Royal Palace, today the Louvre is the largest museum in the world | Source: Tour Scanner

Inhotim, Brazil

Art sitting amongst nature, the Inhotim museum in Brazil is set on a sprawling 5,000 acre ranch transformed into botanical gardens. The museum holds the largest collection of contemporary art in the country.

Designed by former mining businessman Bernardo Paz, the project originally began as a personal collection of art, but was later opened to artists and the wider public.

The unique open-plan museum is woven throughout a tropical wonderland, mingling modern art and lush gardens. The museum has hosted a great collection of artists, including Paul McCarthy, Cildo Meireles and Chris Burden.

Inhotim
The incredible gardens surrounding Inhotim | Source: Art Zealous

Museum of Marrakech, Morocco

Originally constructed in the 20th-century by wealthy elites, the Museum of Marrakech is a classic example of Andalusian architecture.

The museum is home to vast collections of weapons, pottery and traditional Moroccan art and historical objects. Soak in the decadent architecture as you breathe in the country’s history or simply stand in the courtyard and admire the intricate interior designs.

Museum of Marrakech
The detailed and intricate interiors of the Museum of Marrakech, Morocco | Source: Wikipedia

Nezu Museum, Japan

The Nezu Museum in Tokyo is a dedication to Japanese and Asian premodern art. Situated in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, the museum’s garden is a lush oasis within the bustling capital city.

The building was designed by esteemed architect Kengo Fuma who incorporated the technique, “borrowed scenery”, which puts background landscape into the composition of a garden.

The museum is home to an impressive collection of culturally significant art and objects, offering approximately 7,400 pieces to enjoy. Collections include art from ancient calligraphers, ceramicists, metalworkers, textile makers and sculptors.

The Nezu Museum
The Nezu Museum was constructed based on the architecture principle of “borrowed scenery” | Source: Japanistry
The beautiful gardens of Nezu
The beautiful gardens of Nezu contrast to the bustling city centre of Tokyo the museum sits in | Source: Hello Tokyo Tours

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sprawling on Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) is one of the most iconic buildings in the United States. The steps of the MET have been featured in Gossip Girl, The Nanny Diaries, Morning Glory and When Harry Met Sally.

The Museum is also home to one of the world’s biggest fashion nights, The Met Gala, which sees celebrities don designer gowns and litter the steps to a sea of photographers.

Inside, the museum is home to a comprehensive collection of art. Household names in art include Pablo Picasso, Gustave Courbet and Italian renaissance painter Titian.

The iconic steps of the MET
The iconic steps of the MET | Source: Columbia University

Landesmuseum, Zurich

A mix of cultural history and iconic art, the Landesmuseum in Zurich is home to more than 860,000 objects and a rich selection of art.

The museum itself was built by Gustav Gill in 1898 and is based on French Renaissance architecture. Today, it is a vast collection of Swedish history, travelling from ancient times through to the 16th, 17th and 20th centuries.

Art on display includes weapons, statues, Swiss coins from the middle ages and other historic objects.

Landesmuseum in Zurich
The impressive architecture of the Landesmuseum in Zurich, Switzerland | Source: SBB

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