Museums are all about learning and appreciating our history from beautiful monuments and art to mysterious artifacts and the more dark side of mankind's past. Tripadvsior has just released their 2018 choices for the Top 25 Museums in the World and you will find everything from art, science, history and culture on this list.
1. Musee d'Orsay
One of the most beautiful museums, the Musee d'Orsay is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts Railway Station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography.
3. The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
New York City, New York
One of the most devastating moments in American history, this Museum now stands in memory of all those who lost their lives during the attacks of September 11, 2001 which killed 2,977 people and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six.
3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, New York
One of the third most visited art museum in the world and the largest art museum in America, The Met, is filled with incredible collections of amazing art, furniture, armor, architecture and music.
4. The British Museum
London, United Kingdom
The British Museum houses one of the most amazing collections of artifacts representing the cultures of the world, ancient and modern. It's dedicated to human history, art and culture and it's vast collection is free to view by all visitors.
5. Museo Nacional Del Prado
The Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century with over 1,300 works on display.
6. Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum is a must visit in Athens, with its focus purely on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The stunning museum houses every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
7. Louvre Museum
The Louvre is the World's largest art museum and you definitely need to put aside a day to completely explore this museum and historic monument. There is about 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century exhibited in the museum, attracting over 8.1 million visitors in the last year.
8. The National WWII Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana
Formerly known as The National D-Day Museum, this military history museum is located in the CBD of New Orleans. With it's contemporary design this museum is filled with interactive exhibits and amazing shows all within an incredible layout.
9. National Museum of Anthropology
Mexico City, Mexico
The largest and most visited museum in Mexico, The National Museum of Athropology includes imposing architecture, sculptures, murals, carvings and artifacts. It contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico's pre-columbian heritage, such as the Stone of the Sun and Aztec Xochipilli Statue
10. War Remnants Museum
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Though this museum is a sad reminder and some of the exhibits are disturbing, it is a informative and important reminder of history. It contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists.
11. National Gallery
London, United Kingdom
In central London this galley was founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It is among the most visited art museums in the world and it's entry to the main collection is free of charge.
12. Vasa Museum
Located on the island of Djurgarden, the museum displays the only fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Varsa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. It's a stunning look into ship life and shipbuilding from a ship disaster 400 years ago.
13. Uffizi Galleries
Located in the Historic Centre of Florence this Italian museum is one of the largest and best known in the world, and holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance. The Uffizi is one of the first modern museums and has been open to visitors by request since the sixteenth century until in 1765 it was officially opened to the public.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch National Museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. It is located in an old-world building close to the Van Gogh Museum but has had a contemporary update and exhibits hundreds of old masters.
15. The State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg, Russia
The State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The second-largest art museum in the world, it was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky.
16. Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Van Gogh Museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam. The Museum opened in the 70s and offers an exceptional view of not just his popular works but the man himself - the dedicated, hard-working but misunderstood artist.
17. The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors, the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million guests annually.
18. Egyptian Museum of Turin
The Egyptian Museum of Turin, or Museo Egizio, is an archaeological museum in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, specialising in Egyptian archaeology and anthropology. It's a fascinating collection and as well as being one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities, with more than 30,000 artefacts.
19. Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa)
Wellington, New Zealand
Known as Te Papa or "Our Place," it opened in 1998 after the merging of the National Museum and the National Art Gallery. It showcases the natural and cultural history of New Zealand from art and culture to geography and fauna.
20. Museo Larco
Located on stunning grounds, The Museo Larco is a privately owned museum of pre-columbian art. Full of a range of artifacts the museum is housed in an 18th century vice-royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid.
21. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a museum in Phnom Pneh, chronicling the Cambodian genocide. The site is a former high school which was used as a Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979.
22. The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
This museum is famous for housing the Terracotta Army which is a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210-209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
23. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
The Museum of Gold is a museum located in Bogota, Colombia and is one of the most visited touristic highlights in the country. The museum displays a selection of pre-Columbian gold and other metal alloys, such as Tumbaga, and contains the largest collection of gold artifacts in the world.
24. Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead; honouring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need; and researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust in particular and genocide in general, with the aim of avoiding such events in the future.
25. Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo is one of the most important art museums in Brazil and has a wide range of Brazilian art. Mainly noted for its vast assemblage of 19th century paintings and sculptures, one of the largest in the country, as well as for a number of iconic Brazilian Modernist artworks.