With as much history as there is in Europe, it’s a marvel just to explore its world-renowned museums. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation to Florence, Paris, Athens, London, or Reykjavik, these galleries should be at the top of your must-see list.
Galleria degli Uffizi: Florence, Italy
One of the most visited museums in Italy is Galleria degli Uffizi, which houses notable Renaissance masterpieces and sees an average of 10,000 visitors today. It’s easy to spend a day roaming this grandiose gallery, which is located in the region of Tuscany. Visitors will admire Roman sculptures, manuscripts, gems, and coins, as well as paintings from famous artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Federico da Montefeltro, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci.
The Louvre: Paris, France
A trip to Paris isn’t complete without a stop at the world’s largest art museum. Located on the bank of the Seine, the Louvre was originally built as a castle before it opened as a museum in 1793. View thousands of sculptures, paintings, archaeological finds, objects, and drawings. Notable pieces include Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” “The Aphrodite of Milo” (also known as “Venus de Milo), “The Winged Victory of Samothrace,” and “The Raft of Medusa” by Théodore Géricault.
The Acropolis Museum: Athens, Greece
This history museum was built to house artifacts and monuments found at “The Acropolis of Athens” archaeological site. See sculptures, clay pieces, bronze figurines, columns, and more throughout the museum’s several floors. View excavation sites beneath glass floors. This unique, modern museum is a must-see for those visiting Athens.
The Museum of London: London, England
If you’re visiting London and are curious to learn more about the history of the UK’s capital city, then you have to make a stop here. Home to over 6 million objects, this museum is just a short walk from St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Liverpool Street Station. Discover the history of London from the prehistoric past to the present.
National Museum of Iceland: Reykjavik, Iceland
The largest city in Iceland is also home to this fascinating, relatively new museum. Featuring thousands of artifacts, visitors are taken on a journey of the Icelandic nation and its history…from medieval Viking times to current contemporary culture. Aside from the incredible historical pieces, guests are treated to amazing views from outdoor platforms.
These five museums reflect Europe’s rich past and colorful present. Curious to learn more about visiting one of these historical and vibrant cities? Contact your travel agent to get started.