Your Favorite Museums
We recently asked our Facebook fans about their favorite museums, and we got some great answers (and learned a few things, too!) Read on to discover some local favorites.
London’s British Museum was established in 1753, and houses one of the largest collections of cultural artifacts in existence (including the world famous Rosetta Stone). With a collection so large, make sure you grab a museum guide and devote at least half a day to wandering the halls. Find an exchange in London
On the bank of the Nervion River lies the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, one of the most admired works of contemporary architecture in the world. The inside is no less impressive, with a collection of works from both Spanish and International artists. The exhibitions change often, so check the website to see what’s on tap. Find an exchange in Bilbao
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is the permanent home of a stunning collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art. The building itself was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is widely considered one of the 20th century’s most important architectural works. Find an exchange in NYC
This highly interactive museum encourages visitors to bush buttons turn knobs, and pull levers, all with the mission of helping us understand how things work. It’s also the largest museum of its kind in Canada and on any given day might be host to several school groups. Make sure you check out the Virtual Voyager, a simulated ride through space! Find an exchange in Ottowa
The Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon is one of the most important in Europe, owing largely to it’s amazing range of artifacts. Step inside and view works ranging from ancient Egyptian antiquities to Modern art. Make time to see the museum’s fragment of the Cloth of St. Gereon, the oldest European tapestry in existence. Find an exchange in Lyon
The Maurice House was previously home to Count John Maurice of Nassau, and now contains the Royal Cabinet of Paintings. Although the museum is closed for renovations until mid-2014, it’s worth planning a trip to see its stunning collection of Dutch works (which includes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring). Find an exchange in The Hague
Located in the center of Madrid, the Museo del Prado houses what is undoubtedly the best collection of Spanish art under one roof, including Velázquez’s famous, complex, and innovative Las Meninas. Find an exchange in Madrid
The Swedish Museum of Photography is new to the scene, opening in 2010. It features several major exhibitions per year which focus on contemporary photographers (many of whom have never before shown in Sweden). Find an exchange in Stockholm
Founded just over 50 years ago, the Montmartre museum is another relatively new face. It is comprised of centuries old buildings (the Hotel Demarne and Maison du Bel Air) that were at different times home to several famous artists and writers. The museum is largely an homage to the surrounding area and its history; spend some time in the gardens, which have been renovated according to Renoir’s paintings (he was one of the aforementioned famous residents). Find an exchange in Paris
The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, better known as The MAK, hosts an impressive combination of contemporary and imperial art. Its temporary exhibitions place a strong (and unique) emphasis on the relationship between applied arts and modern design. While you’re there, sit down for a meal at the museum’s spectacularly-designed restaurant. Find an exchange in Vienna
What’s your favorite museum? Tell us in the comments!