Visiting museums is an essential element of any city break, providing an insight into the culture, history and lifestyle of your chosen location, and the display of artefacts are usually situated in beautiful, remote buildings – which is a bonus.
Whenever you’re in the middle of planning your holiday, or, you’re already enjoying your time off, knowing which museums are actually worth seeing can be a real challenge. But now there’ll be no more long hours spent searching for the best museum, or money wasted on a poor exhibitions, because Trip Advisor has revealed their annual Traveller’s Choice Awards for Museums.
The winners were based on reviews and ratings of museums across the world, and from Madrid to Mexico, there’s so much out there to see.
How many have you already visited?
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
This beautiful museum, once a railroad station, now houses astonishing collection of impressionist art from the years 1848-1918.
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, New York City, USA
The museum holds artefacts, video footage, personal stories and experiences of the catastrophic terrorist attack of 11 September 2001. It’s located next to two memorial fountains which lie where the Twin Towers once stood. Visitors can learn about the 2,983 men, women and children who lost their lives in the tragedy. The museum was designed to preserve the memory and remember the tragic event.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA
This is New York’s most visited museum (and home of the famous Met Gala), where you’ll experience over 5,000 years of art from all around the world. It regularly hosts rare exhibitions of paintings, portraits and fashion collections.
- The British Museum, London, UK
Situated on London’s Great Russell Street, the museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture. Here you can find some of the world’s famous objects including Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
Prado National Museum, Madrid, Spain
The national museum is based in the heart of the capital and offers insight in the country’s rich history dating back to the 12th century.
Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
The large glass panels of this archaeological museum beautifully draws in the ancient and modern part of the city. It displays works dating back to Ancient Greece and holds items found on the site of Acropolis.
The Louvre, Paris, France
Home to Leonardo Da Vinci Mona Lisa, the iconic building is the largest art museum in the world. You can now follow the recently new Jay-Z and Beyoncé trail, after the couple chose the museum for their music video “Apes**t”.
The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The National WWII museum tells the story of the US army involvement in the war through first-hand testimonies, multimedia exhibitions and artefacts.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, Mexico
For more than five decades since its opening in 1964, the museum has focused on investigating, conserving and exhibiting the country’s most important archaeological collections, which dates back to the 18th century.
War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This museum contains exhibitions revealing the brutal reality and consequences of the Vietnam War. It also holds first Indochina War involving the French colonialists.
Feature by Martyna Wiecha