Pack your travel clothing, because you are about to be inspired. We live in a world filled with talented and creative individuals, and with art fairs becoming a far more regular occurrence people are becoming more interested in contemporary art than ever before. But what are some of the best and most beautiful art museums and galleries to visit?
Cover Image: Museum of Anatolian Civilization, Ankara, Turkey. By J Brew on Flickr.
As with most creative endeavors, art is subjective. While one person may love our choice of beautiful art museums and galleries to visit, others may vehemently disagree. C’est la vie. But when it comes to travel clothing, few can disagree with Anatomie’s practical clothing and chic styling.
So without further ado, pack your travel clothing and prepare to be inspired to visit our top 5 museums and galleries.
- Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, UAE
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Not only does The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha house a mountainous collection of art, it is a work of art in itself. This beautiful art museum was designed by veteran Chinese-American architect IM Pei. The building demands attention, and the contents held within its walls do the same, making this museum one of the most beautiful in the world.
In it you will find ceramic collections, textiles, glassworks, a collection of over 800 manuscripts from Qur’an’s from the 7th century to Ottoman works of the 19th century, and many other masterpieces of Islamic art.
You won’t be needing your travel clothing on: Tuesdays. (Museum is closed). It is also important to consider travel clothing that is culturally appropriate when visiting this beautiful country.
- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
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Even those not interested in art would have heard of the The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, as it is one of the most popular and beautiful art museums in the world. Opened in 1959 and located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, the Guggenheim hosts an extensive collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art including pieces from Kandinsky, Picasso and Cezanne.
And if you do not wish to go in, the cylindrical building itself is a masterpiece. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was built as a “temple of the spirit.”
You won’t be needing your travel clothing on: Thursdays. (Museum is closed)
- State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The State Hermitage museum comprises six buildings situated along the Neva River, and the main architectural ensemble is known as the Winter Palace. This beautiful blue and white design was once the state residence of the Russian emperors but is now one of the most beautiful art museums.
Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the The State Hermitage museum is one of the oldest museums in the world and home to an amazing collection of world art, spanning from the Stone Age to the early 20th century. Here you can feast your eyes on some of work by the world’s most acclaimed artists including Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Picasso, Rubens, Tiepolo, Titian, Cézanne and van Gogh.
You won’t be needing your travel clothing on: Mondays; January 1st; May 9th. (Museum is closed). But there’s free admission on the first Thursday of every month!
- Le Louvre, Paris, France
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Paris is celebrated for it’s amazing fashion and street style and this is one place where you need to pack the best travel clothing that money can buy, but there is a lot more on offer than just the shops.
If you have ever set foot in Paris you will no doubt have seen the central landmark that is Le Louvre. Located on the Right Bank of the Seine, Le Louvre was once a medieval fortress, but became a museum more than two centuries ago. The spectacular pyramid shaped building designed by I. M. Pei was unveiled in 1989 as the new main entrance.
On display at Le Louvre is perhaps the most famous painting of all time, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. There is also the sculpture of Venus de Milo, and Antonio Canova’s Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss.
Le Louvre offers a number of different tours, with different focuses and durations of time.
You won’t be needing your travel clothing on: Tuesdays; January 1st; May 1st; December 25th. But there is free admission to permanent collections on the first Sunday of every month, from October to March.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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If you only go to one art gallery while in the Netherlands, then let it be this one. Established in 1800, the Rijksmuseum is home to some 5,000 paintings, including work from many magnificent Dutch Golden Age painters such as Rembrandt van Rijn (the 1642 oil on canvas, The Night Watch is just one of his paintings on show), Frans Hals (Wedding Portrait of Isaac Massa and Beatrix van der Laen), Johannes Vermeer (The Milkmaid), and Jan Steen (The Merry Family).
This beautiful art museum was designed by the Dutch architect Petrus J.H. Cuypers, and built in the then-fashionable Dutch neo-Renaissance style, using historical neo-Gothic elements in its form and decoration.
You can spend the whole day here and still not see all of it, so it’s a good thing to wear comfortable travel clothing and shoes.
You won’t be needing your travel clothing on: Never! You will always need your travel clothing because the museum is open every day of the year, and free for under 18’s and members of various groups including UNESCO and the Rembrandt Association.
We hope you enjoyed our list of beautiful art museums, but tell us if you think we missed your favorite! :)