Culture

5 of the Must-Visit Museums in Europe

The Louvre
Location: Paris, France
The Louvre
Why visit: The museum is beautiful even from the outside. But wait until you explore what is inside, or as much as your time there allows, and you will experience the true magnificence of this museum. Some of the must-sees include Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Great Sphinx of Tanis, Law Code of Hammurabi, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, and other great masterpieces

British Museum
Location: London, UK
British Museum
Why visit: One of the world’s best museums and home to an awe-inspiring collection of roughly 8 million works. Some of the not-to-be-missed attractions include the Elgin Marbles, the horse from Halikarnassos, the Oxus Treasure, and the Rosetta Stone among many others.

Centre Georges Pompidou
Location: Paris, France
Centre Georges Pompidou
Why visit: The architecture is already an attraction in itself. But inside one of Paris’ most visited museums is a wealth of interesting things to discover. Centre Georges Pompidou is also home to a modern art museum (Musée National d’Art Moderne) and a public library (Bibliothèque publique d’information).

The Vatican Museum
Location: Vatican City
The Vatican Museum
Why visit: The Vatican is more than just the heart of the Catholic Church. It is also a top tourist attraction in its own right. And no visit to Vatican City is complete without a trip to the Vatican Museum. Some of the museum’s top attractions include the Spiral Staircase designed by Giuseppe Momo, the Gallery of the Statues, Gallery of MapsGallery of Maps, the Papal Throne, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel and its famous ceiling.

Rijksmuseum
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Why visit: The Rijksmuseum is one of the most popular museums in Europe. It houses over eight thousand pieces of art and other artifacts. Some of the must-sees include Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait, and more.