4. Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City, United States
Besides the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the largest museum in the USA. It is also one of the most all-encompassing galleries in the world, with its more than 2 million collections of artworks covering the whole world from present to medieval times. The Met is also deep, holding large volumes that it may seem like galleries unto themselves. It holds works of famous painters such as Botticelli, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rodin, and Degas as well as other luminaries.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City – Gallery space 58,820 m2 (633,100 sq ft) Established :1870
The museum also holds Egyptian Collection, which focuses on the tomb of Perneb (circa 2440), as well as the wonderful Temple of Dendur (circa 23-10 B.C).
Last but not least, the American Wing features everything about American arts and crafts, with the most notable piece being a Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie House
The Met is also one of the most visited museums in the world with more than 7 million visitors annually.
The main building was finished in 1870 and is situated along the Museum Mile in Central Park.
While there are plenty of impressive attractions at the Met Museum, the most well-known is the Adam and Eve carving by Albrecht Durer.
5. Vatican Museums – Vatican City (Rome)
This is the most famous and popular museum in Italy. It is composed of twenty-two separate collections, with each one more remarkable than the next. Perhaps the most popular ones are the Museu Pio-Clementino, which features a spectacular classical sculpture; the Pinacoteca, which consists of the best of the Vatican’s collection of Renaissance and medieval paintings, the Raphael Rooms, which is an entire room painted by famous painter Raphael; and the iconic Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. We visited The Vatican Museum during our family holiday in Rome.
Vatican Museums: Gallery space 43,000 m2 (460,000 sq ft) Established :1506
You can also find ancient Egyptian displays of the Museo Gregoriano Egizio and the Etruscan offerings of the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco. There are plenty of attractions at the Vatican Museums but the most standouts are the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel.
The museums also attract more than 6 million annual visitors, making it one of the most visited museums in the world.