10 Amazing Museums To Visit Around The World

One of my favorite activities is to visit museums around the world. I just love the feeling these masterpieces in themselves provide, as the ones inside the buildings. It’s a feeling hard to describe. Especially in art museums where the feeling is more peaceful, quiet and contemplative. But I love visiting non-art museums too with topics like aviation, space, science, and history. 

What I also like about museums is that every person that visits one, has a different experience. We all learn something different and we all have different favorite parts of it. Kinda like sharing a movie-going experience.

Below is a list of my 10 best museums to visit around the world

1. State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia) source

The Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg remains one of my favorite places to visit in the world. It is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world and focuses on art and culture.

It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852.  Its collections comprise over three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world.

The Hermitage is a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, of which 5 of those including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors, are open to the public.

Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Winter Palace (part of the Hermitage), A monument to the Russian Monarchs
best museums to visit around the world
A room inside the Hermitage.

Ticket Prices: State Hermitage Museum
400 rubles – Entry ticket to the Main museum complex
350 rubles – for adult citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus (with proof)
Free entrance to the Main museum complex for: preschool children, school children, students (regardless of nationality), pensioners (Russian citizens), and every first Thursday of the month.
Opening hours:
Main museum complex:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10.30-18.00
Wednesday: 10.30-21.00

2. Pompidou Center, Paris, France

Centre Pompidou Paris
Centre Pompidou Lobby image source

The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris houses the Bibliothèque publique d’information (Public Information Library), a vast public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research.

The building was designed in the style of high-tech architecture.

It has been a pretty long while since I visited this museum but it definitely left a mark in me being crowned as one of my favorite museums in the world. But I am sure it is even better now. If you like modern art at all, you will not be disappointed.

Centre Georges-Pompidou Paris
View from the Centre Georges-Pompidou image source

Full price: €13 or €11, depending on the period
Reduced price: €10 or €9, depending on the period
Valid the same day for one admission to all exhibition areas at the Museum and for the View of Paris.
Free entry for everyone to the Museum, the View of Paris and the Galerie des enfants on the first Sunday of every month.
Opening hours
The Centre Pompidou is open every day, except Tuesdays and 1 May, from 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Ticket desks close at 8.00 p.m.

3. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum image source

The Van Gogh Museum is pretty straightforward. This art museum in Amsterdam is dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh (housing the largest collection of his paintings and drawing in the world) and his contemporaries. So, if you like Van Gogh, like me, you will love this museum.

I adored this museum. I was backpacking in Europe at the time, and you know what that means: in a budget. So €15 was a lot, it was half of my daily accommodation budget, but it was absolutely worth it!

On the same trip, the child in me wanted to visit LEGOLAND in our Germany stop but my backpacking buddy didn’t think the admission was worth it. I guess I’ll never know.

Van Gogh Museum - The bedroom, 1888
Van Gogh Museum – The bedroom, 1888 image source

Located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South.
Ticket prices:
Adults €15
Visitors under 18 free
Free for Museumkaart holders, ICOM members, Rembrandtkaart holders, and I amsterdam City Card holders
Opening Hours
Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and until 10 pm on Fridays.

4. Tate Modern, London, England

Tate Modern London
Tate Modern Atrium with a slide installation image source

The Tate Modern in London is definitely one of my favorite modern art museums. The collections consist of works of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900 until today. I have to say that one of my favorite things in there is the museum store.

And guess what? Admission is free! Except for special exhibitions. This is a must-visit while in London.

Tate Modern museums to visit around the world
Tate Modern image source

Located in the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southwark.
Free admission
Opening times
10.00–18.00, Sunday – Thursday
10.00–22.00, Friday – Saturday

5. Soumaya, Mexico City

Museums to visit around the world - Museo Soumaya
Museo Soumaya in Polanco, Mexico City source

The Soumaya, in the Polanco area, is fairly new in Mexico and it will catch your attention before even entering the building with its highly photogenic architecture. It contains a large collection with over 60,000 pieces of art; the majority consists of European works from the 15th to the 20th century. It also holds Mexican art and historical artifacts, as well as the largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside of France.

Its all-white interior will lead you to believe that you are in a shiny silver cloud resembling the curves of Rodin’s sculptures.

Admission is free! And it is one of the stops of the Turibus.

Soumaya Museum Mexico City
In front of the Soumaya Museum

Free admission
Open every day from 10:30 to 18:30 h

6. Haus der Musik, Vienna, Austria

The Haus der Musik (House of Music) in Vienna is very high on my list of enjoyment. It opened in 2000 and is the first museum of sound and music in Austria.

The building is full of exhibitions teaching about the world of music from the earliest human use to present day. It has several interactive and high-tech presentations that teach us about music in playful and scientific approaches.  I especially enjoyed the famous composer rooms as I am a classical music fan.

Be a composer for a day at the Haus der Musik
Be a composer for a day at the Haus der Musik.

Haus der Musik is located in the Old Town of Vienna, in the historic Palais Archduke Charles.
Entrance Fees:
Adults 12,00 €
Students (under 27), senior citizens, challenged persons 9,00 €
Children under 12 5,50 €
Children under 3 Free
Open daily between 10am and 10pm.

7. Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City

Castillo de Chapultepec
Castillo de Chapultepec image source

This castle is the only Royal castle in North America and it is located on top of the Chapultepec Hill in the middle of Chapultepec Park at a height of over 7000 feet (2300 meters) above sea level.

I highly recommend exploring the Chapultepec Park surrounding the castle as well. The park boasts about 1600 acres including the zoo, the famous Museum of Anthropology and the Rufino Tamayo Museum.

Fun fact! In 1996, the castle was a film location for the Academy Award-nominated movie William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Many views of the castle as the Capulet Mansion can be seen throughout the film.

chapultepec castle mexico city

Chapultepec Castle Gardens Mexico
Chapultepec Castle Gardens image source

Cost: $59 pesos. Closed on Mondays. Seniors and children can enter with free admission.

8. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

D'Orsay Museum in Paris, France
Main alley of the Orsay Museum in Paris, France. image source

The Louvre is an icon, and you should probably not skip it if you are in Paris, but, I promise the Musée d’Orsay, on the left bank of the Seine, won’t disappoint. It has been a while, but I remember enjoying the art inside this museum more than at the Louvre.

The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Don’t tell me that doesn’t sound good.

€11 Full rate
€8.50 for ages 18-25 who are not citizens or long-term residents of the EU AND from 4.30pm (except Thursdays) AND on Thursday evenings, from 6pm
Free on first Sunday of the month AND Under 18 year-olds AND 18-25 year-olds who are citizens or long-term residents the EU AND disabled visitors with one extra person AND Unemployed visitors
Open from 9.30am to 6pm daily, except Mondays
late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm

9. Frida Kahlo Museum, Coyoacan, Mexico City

Frida Kahlo Museum, La Casa Azul
Frida Kahlo Museum, La Casa Azul source

The Frida Kahlo Museum known as “La Casa Azul” (The Blue House) is located in the Colonia del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacán in Mexico City. I suggest a visit if you are going to the area. The house is Frida Kahlo’s birthplace and home which was converted into a museum by Diego Rivera, her husband, in her honor. Today, the house displays artwork by both these artists plus some more folk art by other artists.

Mis abuelos, mis padres y yo (1936) Frida Kahlo
Mis abuelos, mis padres y yo (1936) source

Ticket prices vary from $15 pesos to $100 pesos depending on your situation and the day you visit.
$60 pesos to be allowed to take photographs.
Open Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:45 h
Wednesday: 11:00 – 17:45 h
Thursday to Sunday: 10:00 – 17:45 h

10. Museum of Flight, Seattle, USA

museum of flight seattle
Museum of Flight, Seattle

My husband and I spent about  3 hours in this museum. If you like aviation and space, you will love the Museum of Flight, the largest private air and space museum in the world, just like we did. It was extremely educational and fun.

I enjoyed looking at all the many different kind of planes and prototypes and even going inside several of them including the famous tiny and fast British Airways Concorde and the Air Force One with a doggie door!, the first presidential jet.

There is also a flight simulator and a real space shuttle, which requires and extra fee to tour inside.

museum of flight seattle

Adults cost $19
Youth (5–17) cost $11
Open 7 Days a Week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What are some of your favourite museums to visit around the world? And which of these would you like to visit the most?

18 thoughts on “10 Amazing Museums To Visit Around The World

  1. The travel bucket list just got longer. Thanks for the great suggestions!


  2. Dear Mani,
    Very nice article and very intreresting but, you forgot to include in your list, one of the most beautiful museums in the world: “Acropolis Museum, Greece”. One of my favourites!!!!
    Have a nice day!!!
    Best Regards,


    1. Hi Katerina, I only suggested museums I have visited, I’m sure there are so many more amazing museums. I did visit the acropolis site (not museum) in Athens, but many many years ago. When I was like 7 years old. 🙂


  3. Great list! I love museums and can spend countless hours inside them. They also are great ways to while away rainy days while traveling. I’d almost certainly put the Louvre, the British Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Mexico City’s own National Museum of Anthropology to my own top ten list. (I’ll be sure to give your post a plug if I do that.) 🙂


    1. Sure! I’d be cool to see your own list! I’ve heard that the Museum of Anthropology is amazing and probably the best if not one of the best in Mexico City, but I don’t remember ever visiting it! I think I might have when I was a kid, but I really need to go.


  4. Very good selection! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  5. I’ve been to the Van Gogh museum, I agree it’s amazing! Thanks for this list! These will definitely go on my must-see! 🙂


  6. I love the tate modern in London and also the British museum and the V&A museum. NYC has some great ones too – loved the Natural History museum and my all-time favorite is the Met.
    In Vancouver I love the Museum of Anthropology.


  7. Great list! I completely agree with you on the ones I’ve also visited–Van Gogh, Musee d’Orsay, Pompidou. I’ll have to check out the Flight museum if/when I’m next in Seattle (wish I’d thought of that a month ago when I was delayed there for 24 hours!). I would add the Frick Museum in New York to the list, as well as the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Monterey Bay Aquarium (though that might not be in quite the same category!)


    1. Great suggestions! For some reason I haven’t been to many museums in the US.


  8. Love your list…I went nuts in the Hermitage! It was crazy in there!!


  9. Amazing suggestions! I haven’t been to any of them, this is absurd, I gotta change this soon!! 😀

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  10. I haven’t been to any of these, but I would love to visit the Van Gogh museum. In America there are a number of great large museums as well, but also smaller ones as well that can be quite interesting. Wooloroc in Bartlesville Oklahoma is the home to a large collection of Western and Native American Art, along with other artifacts. There are even some early vintage planes. The museum was once the private collect of Frank Phillips of Phillips Petroleum. I agree with you, museums are fascinating and fun.


  11. I’m a sucker for museums and all I can say to your list is… wow!
    I would be in heaven just to visit one of those.
    Great and inspiring blog you have here. 🙂


    1. Thank you! I’m a sucker for museums too 🙂


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