In a poll by TripAdvisor, the world’s very best museums have been ranked according to popularity. The Travellers’ Choice Awards are based on the millions of reviews and opinions from travellers around the world and these annual awards reflect “the best of the best” for service, quality and customer satisfaction.
These 10 museums were voted the best in the world, no doubt to the delight of art and history lovers everywhere.[listicle]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Founded in 1870, The Met, as it’s more commonly known, is a NYC landmark in its own right. There’s over 5000 years of art from around the world in its three iconic sites in New York City – The Met Fifth Avenue, The Mat Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.
Where: 1000 5th Avenue, New York
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National WWII Museum, New Orleans
The number two spot is reserved for the National WWII Museum, in New Orleans. It’s the best place to learn about US military history and was designated by US Congress as America’s official museum about World War II. The museum features a rich collection of artefacts, bringing history to life in a moving, respectful way.
Where: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans
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Musee d’Orsay, Paris
The Musée d’Orsay holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. The exhibition is home to the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, with work from artists including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.
Where: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, Paris
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The Art Institute of Chicago
Since The Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879, its mission has been to collect, preserve and interpret works of art of the highest quality from across the globe for the inspiration and education of visitors. The institute is comprised of eight buildings and covers more than 92,000 square metres, seeing more than 1.5 million visitors annually.
Where: 111 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago
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State Hermitage Museum at Winter Palace, St Petersburg
Since it opened its doors in 1852, Hermitage Museum in Russia has been of the most famous art galleries in the world, housed in the grand Winter Palace. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, is comprised of over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.
Where: Palace Embankment, 32, St Petersburg
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The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, New York
New York City’s 9/11 Memorial and Museum honours the 2983 people who were killed on September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The museum displays artefacts linked to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery.
Where: 180 Greenwich Street, New York
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The National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), Mexico City
The National Museum of Anthropology is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico. It was established on August 25, 1790, by botanist José Longinos Martínez.
The museum houses more than 600,000 local art pieces and other objects. Exhibited over two expansive floors, the displays show ancient human remains and art objects and figures and pottery of the Pre-Classical Period.
Where: Cnr Paseo de la Reforma and Calz Gandhi, Mexico City
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The Acropolis Museum, Athens
The Acropolis Museum in Athens is an archaeological site-specific museum of the 21st century, housing some of the most iconic works from antiquity. The archaeological exhibit focuses on the findings of archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens.
Where: Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athens
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Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
The Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It’s widely considered to have one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating back to as early as the 12th century. El Prado is one of the most visited sites in the world, and it is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world.
Where: Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid
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Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Founded in 1852, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing more than 4.5 million pieces. Its collection spans 5000 years of art, from the ancient times to present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North America.
Where: Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London
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