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Intl Museum Day: World's 10 most popular art museums

Updated: 2019-05-18 06:00:00

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3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US.

Commonly known as the Met, the museum is among the must-visit attractions in New York City. It stands on the eastern edge of Central Park at Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine and Islamic art. Every May, the museum holds the luxurious, blockbuster Met Gala, grabbing global attention like the Oscars.

4. Vatican Museums, the Vatican City.

If you are into Roman history and Renaissance art, the Vatican Museums will be your ideal destination. Along the exhibition route, visitors can relish the marvelous Sistine Chapel decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello decorated by Raphael.

5. Tate Modern, London, UK.

Together with other Tate museums, Tate Modern located in London is a national gallery of international modern art. It is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. Most of the exhibit items are open to the public for free, only charging for major temporary exhibitions.

6. British Museum, London, UK.

Established in 1753, the British Museum is largely based on the collections of the Irish physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. At present, its comprehensive permanent collection has reached 8 million works. It was the first public national museum in the world. If you go, remember to take a photo under the Great Court.

7. National Gallery, London, UK.

The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci and Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh are among the collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900 housed at the National Gallery, one of the most visited art museums in the world. Entry to the major collection is free of charge.

8. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, US.

The National Gallery of Art displays European and American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs and decorative arts.

In Netflix's hit show House of Cards, Frank Underwood and Zoe Barnes meet a couple of times at the West Building of the National Gallery – in front of paintings like Eakins's The Biglin Brothers Racing and Mary Cassatt's Little Girl in a Blue Armchair.

9. State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia.

The State Hermitage Museum is the second-largest art museum in the world. The public can visit five buildings of the main museum complex: the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre.

Frequently seen in pop culture, it often appears as a setting for films, TV series, novels and even video games.

10. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

Founded in 1852, the museum was named after the royal couple Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is most famous for the extensive collection of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture.

Through its most comprehensive costume collection in the UK, visitors can appreciate fashion designs by legendary figures such as Coco Chanel, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent.

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