There are probably hundreds of impressive museums to experience local history, culture, and modern arts at one place. Especially in Europe, referred as the “old world” does offer some incredible places where travellers can learn a lot about a country’s DNA and Europe’s identity especially.
To provide some insight and help to those of you who are interested in exploring some museums, we have created a first guide for you today.
1. Vatican Museum, Vatican
One of the most magnificent places of European history, culture, and arts can be found in the heart of Rome. The Vatican’s Museums offers a unique insight into how European arts have connected different philosophies, luxury and religion, heaven and earth lusters, power, politics, grieve, and suffer. The most influential artists have been contributed to the whole Vatican’s complex, the Saint Paul’s Cathedral. At the heart of your visit will be a stop inside the Sistine Chapels, the sacred place where cardinals elect the Pope.
2. Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
Alongside the Vatican Museums, the City of Florence is known to be one of Europe’s treasury for culture, history and fashion. The Galleria degli Uffizi is one of the most visited museums in the entire world. Waiting times at the queues already pile up at 8:00am with an average of 2 hours. Even then your mind will be stressed and overwhelmed to process all the information and impressions. Often with the lack of background information, it’s hardly to enjoy the sculptures and pictures with the proper historical context and its importance that it places in Europe and in the world.
Mark: “I remember that I spent approx. 35 EUR or so to skip the line and to get a historic guide, an American who lives here in Florence. He showed us everything and provided an in-depth introduction with all sorts of historical and cultural contexts. We spent five to six hours in the gallery and it was probably one of the most vivid visits that I ever took in a museum that is still so echoing in my mind.”
3. British Museum, London, United Kingdom
The British Museums contains one of the largest collections of human history, arts, culture and history. But on top of that, it’s free for all travellers who simply can’t escape the vibe of London. Enjoy the architecture, the long walks inside the museum and get in touch with one of the most ancient collections that exist out there.
4. Louvre Palace, Paris, France
Who doesn’t know this place and who doesn’t want to go there? Everyone knows the magnificent and beauty of this museum. The Louvre contains the famous Mona Lisa and many other significant pieces of French and European arts.
The large complex in the Louvre Palace is the world’s most visited museum in the world according to Wikipedia. A visit to the museum ought to be well-planned as it would technically take up to three days to see the whole museum.
5. Museum Island, Berlin, Germany
As a collection of multiple institutions, the Museum Island can be visited in the heart of Berlin. The Old Museum, the New Museum, the Pergamon Museum, the Old National Gallery are all part of the Museum Island. Travellers do want to spend most attention to the Old Museum, which is next to the Berlin Cathedral, where there are exhibitions of Prussian collections can be seen. It also has a collection of antique collections.
The whole complex is part of UNESCO’s heritage site.
6. Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
If there is one place where the most significant events occurred in the last two centuries, then it’s probably Palace Versailles. A gigantic complex where history has been made. From the French Revolution to the foundation and declaration of Germany as a national state to the end of the First World War. Versailles offers a unique insight into how the European aristocracy had created an alternative world with pure luxury, arts, immense wealth and where the strongest disconnect between those who ruled and those who were ruled can be found. The probably most famous sentence that can sum up this state is from Marie Antoinette, the wife of King Louis who said during the French revolution:” Let them eat cake” as a reference of the lack of bread and food that starved large parts of the French revolution in the 19th century.