Visiting a museums is a great way to experience the history and culture of a European city. In addition, admission is relatively inexpensive and sometimes free! Here are some of the top museums in Europe:
1. The Louvre – Paris, France
The Louvre is a former palace and is the largest art museum in the world. Popular exhibits in the Louvre are the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Napoleon Apartments. Admission is 15 Euros if you purchase your ticket at the museum and 17 Euros if you purchase your ticket online.
2. The Vatican Museum – Vatican City
The Vatican Museum is home to art collected by popes from the 17th century onwards. The Museum houses the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s School of Athens. Admission to the Vatican Museum is 14 Euros.
3. Uffizi Gallery – Florence, Italy
Located across the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the Uffizi Gallery boasts Renaissance art and a sculpture collection from the Medici family. Popular works in the Uffizi are Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera. Admission is 20 Euros and also provides access to the National Archeological Museum and the Museum of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.
4. Delphi Archaeological Museum – Delphi, Greece
See the site where Socrates visited the Oracle at Delphi by visiting this archaeological site. Admission to the museum is 12 Euros.
5. The British Museum – London, England
This collection boasts over 8 million items across continents. Popular items in the collection are the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian Mummies, The Easter Island Statue. Admission to The British Museum is free.
6. Musee d’Orsay – Paris, France
The sister museum to the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay houses the modern art in the Louvre’s collection. In the beautiful building that formerly served as a rail station, visitors can see paintings by Monet, Manet, and Van Gogh. Admission to the Musee d’Orsay is 14 Euros and free for everyone on first Sunday of the month.
7. Tate Modern – London, England
Opened only 20 years ago, the Tate Modern features modern art including works from Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. Admission is free.
8. Hermitage – St. Petersburg, Russia
The Hermitage is the second largest art museum in the world, and boasts a collection of over 3 million items. Works from Raphael, Da Vinci, and Rembrandt are featured in the vast collection. Admission to the Hermitage is $17.95 for a one day ticket and $23.95 for a two day pass. On the third Thursday of each month admission is free for all visitors.
9. The National Gallery – London, England
This museum features a collection of over 2,300 European paintings. Three popular works in the National Gallery are Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and Claude Monet’s Japanese Bridge. Admission to the National Gallery is free.
10. Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Known as “The Museum of the Netherlands,” Rijksmuseum features a collection of Dutch art. The museum displays 8,000 of the 1 million items in their collection. Popular works featured in the Rijksmuseum are Rembrandt’s Night Watch, Vermeer’s Milkmaid, and Van Gogh’s Self Portrait. Admission is 20 Euros for adults and 19 Euros if you purchase your ticket online.