A trip to a museum gives you the opportunity to surround yourself by some of the greatest artistic masterpieces in existence or dive head first into the fantastical history of a nation. Museums do not allow us to forget where we came from and how we got here. With this in mind we have composed a list of 30 museums from around the world which you should absolutely visit before you turn 30.
The Louvre - Paris, France
Every trip to Paris deserves a visit to the Louvre, the former royal palace that has been transformed into one of the world's most iconic museums. The museum houses western works of art from the Middle Ages to 1848, as well as collections of ancient oriental and Mediterranean civilizations. The museum is open every day except Tuesday, from 9am to 6pm, and to 9:45pm on Wednesday and Friday. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance, as the lines can get very long.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially the Met, in New York City, is the largest art museum in the United States. The museum's permanent collection contains over two million works, spanning 5,000 years. The permanent collection consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The museum is home to encyclopaedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armour from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from first-century Rome through modern American design, are installed in its galleries. The museum is open every day from 10am to 5:30 PM.
Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. When it opened in 1997, the spectacular structure made of titanium, glass, and limestone was hailed as the most important building of its time. Located in the Basque city of Bilbao in northern Spain, the museum features exhibitions organized by the Guggenheim Foundation and by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, as well as selections from the permanent collection of the Guggenheim museums.
The Uffizi Gallery - Florence, Italy
The Uffizi Gallery (or Galleria degli Uffizi) is one of the most important museums in Italy, located in Florence, it holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance, gifted from the collection of the Medici family. It is one of the first modern museums, as it has been open to visitors since the sixteenth century. It is extremely hard to visit the museum during the high season, so booking tickets in advance is strongly recommended.
Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Rijksmuseum is to the Amsterdam what the Louvre is to Paris, simply put not only are they the most visited museum in their respected countries, but also when visiting the two cities it would be unthinkable to not go to these museums. The Rijksmuseum was first established in 1800 in The Hague, it then moved to Amsterdam in 1808 where it was first housed in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis. The gorgeous building that we see today was designed by Pierre Cuypers and opened to the public in 1885. Today the museum boasts a collection of over a million pieces, of which only 8,000 are on display. Among its most prized possessions are works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Van Gogh.