Category: Museum Guides
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If you're on this page, I know that, like me, you love a good museum. Nothing nourishes the spirit like art. I've written dozens of museums guides. You're sure to find something that appeals!
✔ Museums in France — France is synonymous with art and culture. It boasts some of the best museums on the planet. The finest museums preserve and showcase artistic legacies and expose the public to exciting contemporary work. The breadth and historic importance of the works are incredible. Even outside Paris, you can find stunning museums like, for example, the Musee Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi.
✔ Museums in Italy — Italy is one of the most popular art countries on earth -- with a rich ancient and Renaissance culture and museums galore. In Italy, you can visit the world class Vatican Museums, the Borghese Gallery, and the Uffizi Gallery, along with dozens of beautiful small museums. And one of Italy's most prized destinations? A ticket to see Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper in Milan.
✔ Museums in Spain — Spain is chock full of historic art and teeming with masterpieces of both Spanish and international art. From the Prado to the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain is a veritable art lover's paradise, a treasure trove of gorgeous art from north to south. Here's my guide to th best museum in Spain.
✔ Museums in Germany — Germany also has some wonderful museums. Munich, of course, is home to some masterpieces. But Germany’s iconic palaces and castles are also must visit museums.
✔ Museums in Paris — Paris is overflowing with fantastic museums, both large and small. There’s the big three -- the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, and the Pompidou Center. But Paris also has some fantastic small intimate museums where you can escape the crowds and and still admire high quality fine art. Some of my favorite beautifully curated museums are the Rodin Museum, The Museum of the Romantic Life (what a swoonful name!), the Musee Marmottan Monet, and the Zadkine Museum.
✔ Museums in Rome — Rome is truly blessed with a veritable plethora of amazing fine art museums, with an incredible mix of ancient Roman ruins and Renaissance and Baroque art. Here's where you can follow the trail of Bernini and Caravaggio, two of the greatest artists of the Baroque period. And gaze in awe at Michelangelo's work in the Sistine Chapel and in Rome's beautiful churches.
There's much more to Rome than the Vatican Museums. There are wonderful hidden gem museums with enchanting art everywhere and no crowds. Some of my favorites are the Doria Pamphilj, Villa Farnesina, and the Palazzo Barberini.
✔ Museums in Florence — Florence is an overwhelmingly beautiful city, the "Cradle of the Renaissance." With the best Medieval and Renaissance art in Europe, Florence is a veritable art lovers paradise. There are countless important artistic masterpieces in Florence. You can be seduced and awed by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, etc. Florence is headlined by the Uffizi Gallery.
But there are real treasures at some lesser known hidden gems like the Bargello Museum, the Duomo Museum, and the San Marco Monastery Museum (a Fra Angelico haven). And no trip to Florence is complete without touring the sumptuous and art filled Medici palaces, the home of Florence's centuries-old Medici dynasty.
✔ Museums in London — London is literally overflowing with fantastic museums displaying world class art, ranging from the prehistoric to modern periods. You could spend a lifetime visiting them all. Even better, many of London's best museums are absolutely free.
✔ Virtual Museums — Can’t get to Europe right now, but would like to explore some museums online? If so, I’ve got you covered with an array of inspiring virtual tours to museums in Paris, Italy, Spain, and a massive guide of 50 world class museums that you can visit online.