Art aficionado? World traveler? These two things go hand in hand famously. If you are traveling around the world, you would do yourself a favor to visit some of the best art galleries in the world. The world of art has been a part of history since it was first made in cave paintings, where a select few have been allowed to visit outside of France. As such, the worlds greatest art pieces are scattered in museums all across the globes. Many times, galleries will tour a show and you can see it at your closest gallery, but other pieces stay in their museums like tombs, forever. So if your goal is to see them all, you will have to leave your home turf. My uncle Tony who is now the owner of Roofing Service The Woodlands and is mentioned below, has given me the insight and motivation to get out and travel.
If you are interested in a the worlds largest, then of course the answer is in the U.S.A. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian is actually nineteen museums and galleries and research stations all mashed together in a giant complex. There are many famous attractions in there, such as Dorothy’s ruby shoes from the Wizard of Oz, the dresses of the First Ladies, and the original Star-Spangled Banner. The Wright brothers’ flying machine is also there, along with the Apollo 11 command module. On the other end of the pond, again in France, you will find the world famous Louvre, in Paris. The Louvre is over two centuries years old, and used to be a fortress before being turned into a museum. I.M. Pei’s piece, the pyramid, was considered an affront to the classic style by many, but has now become a main photo op, located in the front of the museum. The pieces found in the Louvre are considered to be some of the most important artistic contributions in the history of the world, and include the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace and of course da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. After the Louvre, it has to be the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. The Acropolis itself is a work of art, and a piece of history, built thousands of years ago. The museum famously has a glass floor that allows its guests to walk over the archaeological findings. The flagship attractions is the frieze of the Parthenon. On the other side of the globe, we find ourselves at State Hermitage, in St Petersburg, Russia. Although distant from the other cultural hubs of the world, the Hermitage still boasts an impressive collection of art, housing more than three million items. If you are at the Hermitage, you can see masterpieces from Eurasia, the Black Sea Littoral in antiquity as well as seeing piecse from Nicholas II’s private collection. Coming in as our fifth museum, would have to be the British Museum in London, England. This museum, has historical items from all around the world, with its main attractions being the Egyptian gallery, with ancient artifacts from Egypt, as well as the Rosetta Stone itself. So if you are traveling the world, make sure to note some of these museums to visit and culture yourself with!