Whether you’re enjoying a sun-drenched beach escape or culture-immersed city break, a museum visit is always a good idea on your holiday! Many offer fascinating exhibits in a peaceful spot in the shade, while some of the best can actually be free – only asking for a small donation if you wish to do so. We love holiday museum visits – they’re educational, social, inspirational and a great way to bond with your travel party!
With many now considered spectacular country landmarks, there’s plenty to explore across some of the world’s best museums, from world-famous art to ancient ruins. If you’re passionate about history, or just fancy a change of scenery during your break, it’s definitely worth finding out what local attractions could entice you.
Why not check out these 8 of our favourite museums and add them to your travel bucket list?
1- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
With over 70 museums across the Netherlands, a museum-visit is a sure thing! The Van Gogh Museum, dedicated to the works of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, is extremely popular, located in the capital city of Amsterdam. More than 1.6 million people visit the museum every year, exploring the world’s largest collection of the artist’s works.
2- Acropolis Museum, Athens
The archaeological Acropolis Museum in the beautiful city of Athens is a must-see. The Greek museum, located only 300 metres from the landmark ancient citadel Acropolis, exhibits a plethora of spectacular findings of its archeological site.
3- Natural History Museum, London
As one of the three major museums in England’s capital city, London’s Natural History Museum is a fantastic attraction certainly worth exploring! The museum, also a leading science research centre, contains hundreds of exciting exhibits from a dinosaur gallery to a ‘cabinet of curiosities’!
4- Louvre Museum, Paris
A holiday to Paris simply has to involve a trip to the infamous Louvre Museum – the world’s largest! Attracting over nine million visitors every year, the museum is housed in the beautiful Louvre Place. The Parisian attraction is home to over one million works of art, including the iconic Mona Lisa oil painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
5- Prado Museum, Madrid
Madrid’s Prado Museum is one of the world’s greatest art galleries, home to a brilliant array of art dating from the 11 century. As one of the largest museums in Spain, the museum famously exhibits over 8,600 paintings and more than 700 sculptures for you to admire!
6- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Widely known simply as the Met, the museum is the largest art attraction in the United States. Presenting over 5,000 years of art from around the globe, the Met is home to over two million works of art – as well as some fantastic special exhibitions scattered throughout the year.
7- Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb
Now, a slightly unusual holiday attraction! Croatia’s quirky Museum of Broken Relationships is a popular attraction in the capital city of Zagreb. The museum, which is dedicated to failed relationships, offers interesting and award-winning exhibits including sentimental objects from real former partners, love letters, Valentine’s cards and wedding rings!
8- Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Italy’s art museum in central Florence is another must-visit on your travels, home to a fantastic array of art, including some iconic pieces from the period of the Italian Renaissance. The museum hosts work of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci to name a few, with exhibits dating back to the 12th century.