Are you a lover of cultural travel? Do you love to get lost in galleries and corridors full of art and history? Then you should definitely visit the largest museums in the world.
From the Art Institute of Chicago to the MET in New York, here are the 10 largest museums in the world, rich in works and precious relics.
10 - Art Institute of Chicago: 26.000 sq m
Founded in 1879 and guarded by two bronze lions at the entrance, theArt Institute of Chicago features one of the largest art collections in the world: home to more than 300.000 pieces and hosts 30 rotating exhibitions and hundreds of gallery shows each year.
- Where it is: Chicago, United States
- Year of inauguration: 1879
9 - National Museum of Korea: 27.090 sq m
Il National Museum of Korea it is the most important museum complex in all of South Korea. In the course of its history it has been moved several times between one location and another. The current location was chosen in 2005, part of the Yongsan park in Seoul.
- Where it is: Seoul, South Korea
- Year of inauguration: 1852
8 - Victoria & Albert Museum: 30.000 sq m
Il Victoria and Albert Museum is located in the English capital. It is the largest complex in the world among those dedicated to the minor arts and its collection boasts a total of 4,5 million pieces.
- Where it is: London, United Kingdom
- Year of inauguration: 1852
7 - National Museum of Anthropology: 33.000 square meters
Il National Museum of Anthropology (or National Museum of Anthropology) of Mexico City contains archaeological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico. Opened in 1964, the museum features a vast collection of archaeological artifacts (originals or replicas) from the very ancient peoples of Mexico, including Olmec, Mexica, Maya, Aztec and others.
- Where it is: New Mexico, Mexico
- Year of inauguration: 1964
6 - Tokyo National Museum: 38.000 sq m
Founded in 1872, the Tokyo National Museum is Japan's oldest and largest museum. The museum's collections focus on ancient Japanese art and Asian art along the Silk Road. There is also a large collection of Greco-Buddhist art.
- Where it is: Tokyo, Japan
- Year of inauguration: 1872
5 - Vatican Museums: 43.000 square meters
They say it reaches a new visitor record every year, what is certain is that 8 hours are certainly not enough to visit it all.
From the room of the geographical maps, to the helical staircase, from Raphael's rooms to the famous Sistine Chapel Michelangelo's masterpiece. A journey through over twenty centuries of art and history.
- Where it is: Vatican City - Rome, Italy
- Year of inauguration: 1506
4 - Metropolitan Museum of Art: 58.820 m
The famous MET it is a museum of surprising beauty, full of over two million works of art divided into 19 different sections.
Among the most beautiful and famous exhibits is the temple of Dendur, dismantled and faithfully reconstructed in this room next to a tank full of water.
The Metropolitan Museum is a journey through time, from ancient Egypt to photography, from sculpture to weapons and musical instruments from every corner of the earth.
- Where it is: New York, United States
- Year of inauguration: 1870
3 - National Museum of China: 65.000 square meters
IlNational Museum of China It is located in Beijing, China and was born from the union of two important museums: the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the National Museum of Chinese History.
- Where it is: Beijing, China
- Year of inauguration: 1959
2 - State Hermitage Museum: 66.842 sqm
L'Hermitage it is not just a museum, but a series of buildings (seven) built over the years for the different Tsars. The name Hermitage derives from the word hermitage, the Tsarina Catherine II loved to spend her time here in the company of a few close friends.
All the works of art are arranged in over 350 rooms, for a total area of 20 km, also here is the exhibition of the oldest human body tattoos in the world.
A fascinating curiosity is the "Guardia Felina", a legend since 1764. Cats lived undisturbed attics and basements and since then they have been at home and have even been recruited as guard cats for works of art. Each cat has a passport complete with a photo.
- Where it is: St. Petersburg, Russia
- Year of inauguration: 1764
1 - Musee du Louvre: 72.735 m
Over 35.000 works on display in the heart of Paris, during the Second World War it was the warehouse of the Nazis who stole works of art from Jews and a military stronghold in the Middle Ages. Visiting this museum in full takes at least 100 days.
- Where it is: Paris, France
- Year of inauguration: 1793