The best galleries and museums around the world are true examples of how architecture and interior design plays a big role in the arts. In the United States alone, there are a number of libraries, museums, and galleries that tell amazing stories about the hidden gems stored inside. And the rest of the world has proven worthy of the praise, too.
From the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain to award-winning designs of Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid, architecture only proves that it has the ability to captivate, engage, and provide a unique experience to tourists and visitors. To pay homage to the stunning buildings that are home to the most exquisite art, we’ve made a short list of the most significant galleries, museums and custom showcases and installations that you should see at least once in your life!
Le Louvre, France
Before being transformed into the world-renowned museum that it is today, Le Louvre housed and protected the kings of France. It was already a medieval wonder even before I. M. Pei’s seemingly out-of-place pyramid was installed in 1989 – but the contrast worked. It did not only attract everyone’s attention but also became one of France’s landmarks.
Inside Le Louvre are some of the world’s most prized treasures. Venus de Milo, Philippe-Auguste’s medieval keep, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Egyptian artifacts, and Leonardo da Vinci’s famed “Mona Lisa” are only to name a few.
The Acropolis Museum, Greece
The Acropolis Museum is known for its one-of-a-kind transparent glass floor which gives visitors a detailed glimpse of archaeological excavations. These excavations range from sanctuaries, settlements, and exhibits of everyday life in order of their historic period. But the frieze of the Parthenon is considered the main attraction of the museum.
The Uffizi Gallery, Italy
The Uffizi Gallery, or Galleria degli Uffizi, is home to the greatest collection of Renaissance paintings in the world. Almost all the famous names in the Renaissance period are here. From the early medieval art to the romantic phase of baroque, the experience in this museum will definitely leave you inspired. Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” is just one of the stunning paintings you can see when you visit the Uffizi Gallery art showcases.
The Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
American architect Frank Gehry’s swirling design put the Basque country of Spain in the architectural world. Constructed of limestone, titanium, and glass, the Guggenheim Bilbao was opened in 1997 and successfully boosted Spain’s tourism economy. The museum’s decoration and design has been interpreted to many things but mostly to a boat or a bouquet of flowers.
The Egyptian Museum, Egypt
The Egyptian Museum, although not an architectural wonder, is definitely one of the best galleries and museums around the world. Not only does it boast the most extensive archaeological discoveries from around Egypt. It gives visitors the most humbling experience as well – the sight of Tutankhamun’s golden mask. The mask is said to be one of mankind’s greatest work. It also gives a face to one the greatest rulers of the world, one that became a teenager, a king, and a god in just one lifetime.