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Top 10 Museums in Europe

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When travelling anywhere in Europe, visiting a museum is a must as they are one of the best tourist destinations to discover the most beautiful museums in the world.

However, there are only so many to visit, so to save you from having to do all the research, I decided to put together my top ten museums to help you out.

Tate Modern – London 

This modern art gallery is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art and forms a part of the Tate groups (Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, and Tate Online). It is the most visited modern art gallery in the world. The Tate Modern holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. 

The Pompidou Centre – Paris

This museum houses the Bibliothèque publique d’information, a vast public library; the Musée National d’Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe; and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research. Due to its location, the Centre is known locally as ‘Beaubourg’. It is named after Georges Pompidou, the President of France from 1969 to 1974, who commissioned the building. The museum was officially opened on 31 January 1977.

Prado – Madrid 

With more than 2,300 paintings in the museum, as well as many sculptures, prints, drawings and works of art through bequests, donations and purchases, Prado is a famous and well visited place.

The Anne Frank House – Amsterdam 

This is the house in which Anne Frank was hiding in during World War Two. She is a Jewish girl who had to go into hiding to avoid the Nazis with seven other people. They all hid in the secret annex on the Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. After almost two years of hiding, they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only one of the eight to survive. After her death, she became world famous because of the diary she wrote while in hiding.

The British Museum – London

The museum is dedicated to human history and culture, with the collection numbering some eight million works. These are amongst the largest and most comprehensive works in existence and originates from all continents, explaining and recording the story of human culture from the beginning to the present.

The Serralves Museum – Porto

This museum is the foremost museum for contemporary art in Portugal. It is in the grounds of the Serralves Estate, which also comprises a Park and a Villa. Through its collection, temporary exhibitions, performance, education and public programmes, publishing initiatives, and national and international collaborations, the Museum fosters the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture. 

The Louvre – Paris 

The Louvre or Louvre Museum is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument. As a central landmark of Paris, it is no surprise that it has nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century. The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum.

The Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis. On 13 April 2013, after a ten-year renovation, the main building was reopened by Queen Beatrix. It became the most visited museum in the Netherlands that year, due to its updated architecture and the masterpieces by great artists that had not been seen for ten years.

The Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb

This unique museum has only a few items, a lot of emotion and is unforgettable. Several people around the world agreed to give away an object to connected them to a person, friend, a family member, or a lover. They explain the link that connected them to this object too. 

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia – Madrid

Since this museum opened in 1990, the collections it holds have been increasing more and more, alongside the temporary exhibits, audio visual and educational activities, services and the number of visitors every year.

Now that you have a good idea of where to start or where to go, it will be enjoyable to try and make the trip to at least more than one museum on this list, especially if there are in the same city!

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