Across the globe, there are museums that take you on an incredible journey through history. From the Louvre to the Tokyo National Museum, there are plenty of amazing institutions that are sure to leave you speechless. Whether you want to learn about the origins of the human body, explore the magic of Da Vinci or discover the wonder of Van Gogh’s paintings, the world’s museums offer a window into our past and a reflection of human creativity.
Originally, museums were built as places to display and preserve objects of interest. However, over the years they have evolved into places of interaction and collaboration. Thanks to modern technology, museums are now able to reach more people than ever before. Virtual reality, apps, downloads and digital trails are just some of the ways that museums are embracing new ways to engage with their visitors. Museums are now also using their collections as a tool to bring communities together and create a sense of belonging.
As we approach International Museum Day on 18 May, we will be exploring some of the most famous and iconic museums all over the world. From the British Museum, which traces the history of mankind, to the Vatican Museums, which include 12 museums partly housed in the Vatican Palace, these institutions are home to works that are as mythical as they are mysterious. These pieces are not only important historical artefacts, but they are also priceless gems that are well worth seeing.
The British Museum is one of the oldest and most popular museums in the world, with 6.8 million visitors a year. It is dedicated to art and culture, and has many different departments, ranging from Ancient Egypt to the Modern Art gallery, with artworks by artists such as Da Vinci, Vermeer and Van Gogh. It is also home to the Rosetta Stone and the Mummy of Katebet.
Another museum that focuses on art is the Tate Modern. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 and has an impressive collection of 20th-century art. Its popularity is due to its wide range of galleries and departments, which include a room dedicated to feminism and the history of war. The gallery also features works by revolutionary African artists, such as Kudzanai Chiurai and Wangechi Mutu.
Other museums focus on more specific themes such as cars or war. The Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in the US is visited by over 4 to 6 million people each year, and is one of the most popular museums in the world. Visitors are often impressed by its mind-blowing collection of aeronautical and spaceflight artifacts, including rockets, a real Moon rock and some of the first airplanes to fly.
In a world filled with hatred and ignorance, museums can be invaluable institutions that promote knowledge and understanding. This is especially true of local museums that can provide a sense of unity on a more personal level. In times of tension, they are able to showcase an area’s collective heritage, bringing its citizens closer together.