The Best Art Museums in the World

The Best Art Museums in the World
Museums are typically listed according to their annual population of visitors or by the quality of a single work or artist rather than on the quantity and quality of the art. The following museums are considered the best in the world by many critics for their influence, selection and appeal, along with their quality, quantity and diversity.

British Museum

This free museum exhibits 13 million objects from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Egypt, Europe, Greece and Rome, the Middle East and North America.

British Museum
38 Russell Square
London, GB
+44 (0)20 7323 8299

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Featuring over two million pieces of art from world cultures over five thousand years, the "Met" is among the largest collections of art in the world. This museum has lined Central Park in New York City since 1870.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198

The State Hermitage Museum

The three million works of art in this museum span five centuries and ten buildings. It is the world's largest collection of paintings.

The Hermitage
2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad
190000, St Petersburg

The Louvre

The Louvre has been archaeologically located on the same Paris ground for over 800 years, functioning as a museum since 1793. The museum currently holds 35,000 of the greatest works of art in the world.. The eight departments of the Louvre are Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, Islamic art, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings and decorative art.

Musée du Louvre
75058 Paris Cedex 01
+33 (0)1 40 20 51 77

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums feature works of some of the world's most influential painters; Michaelangelo, Da Vinci and Raphael. This is among the largest collections of religious art. Collections include ceramics, tapestries, pictures and antiquities.

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome,Italy 00165
0039 06 69884676

Prado Museum

Another large collection of art is at the Prado Museum in Madrid, featuring Spanish and European art in two buildings. Masterpiece artists include Goya, Velázquez and Fra Angelico.

Prado Museum
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 330 2800

The Art Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago features 45,000 works spanning 5,000 years of expression from cultures across the globe.

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603

The Rijksmuseum

This museum features three collections of art; Paintings, Sculpture & Applied Art, and Asiatic Art, along with 1000 major exhibits. The featured masterpieces include Rembrandt's The Night Watch.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Postbus 74888
1070 DN Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 6747000

The National Gallery of Art

Featuring contemporary and modern art in the East building and historical art in the West building, the National Gallery of Art also offers an outdoor sculpture garden.

The National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

With archives of photography, drawings, films, 300,000 books and files on 70,000 artists, the MoMA is hailed as the world's most influential modern art museum by the New World Encyclopedia.

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

The Tate Museums

Spanning four cities, the Tate Museums exhibit nearly 60,000 works. Tate Modern is among the largest surrealism collections in the world.

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
020 7887 8888

Article Written By Melanie Dodson

Melanie Dodson began writing professionally in 2007. She has worked as a freelance photojournalist for "Florida Today" newspaper, among other publications and websites. Dodson graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing.

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