The 10 Biggest Museums in the World You Should Visit This Year

6. Tokyo National Museum – Tokyo, Japan 1872

As one of the largest museums in East Asia, the Tokyo National Museum houses some of the most important pieces in the history of Japan. Among the items, you should look forward to seeing include some complicatedly embroidered kimonos, serene-faced Buddha sculptures, samurai swords, and thousand-year-old pieces of ceramics.

Enclosed by the shrines and winding paths of the Ueno Park, you will never find a beautifully positioned museum than this Japan’s oldest museum. It is a must-visit, whether you are a historian, a culture vulture, or just want to admire the architecture of the building and the surrounding landscape.

The permanent collection at the gallery contains more than 100,000 pieces, which is mostly about the history of Japanese art.

What people love about Tokyo National Museum is that despite having a comparatively small amount of collection, the curators were still sensible enough to space out their treasures, making it easy to browse. Each gallery room is painstakingly composed rather than tangled, and all special exhibitions are rotated continuously, which means that the pieces from the permanent collection at any particular time are not the same as you view the last time you were there.

7. National Museum of Anthropology – Mexico City, Mexico

Museo Nacional de Anthropologia is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico. It specializes mainly in the history of the country prior to the Columbian heritage, through some of the most mind-boggling archaeological artifacts you will ever find elsewhere.

The museum was built by architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez as a tribute to the original legacy of Mexico. It located in the Chapultepec Forest as an emphasis on a natural relationship with the environment and contains more than 600,000 collection pieces that include the Xochipilli statue and the Aztec Stone of the Sun sculpture.

Mexico City, Mexico 33,000m2 (360,000sq ft) Established1852

It should be noted that Mexico City was built over the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the ancient capital of Aztec Kingdom, so be sure to find a lot of artifacts related to this one powerful kingdom in South America.

8. Victoria and Albert Museum – London, United Kingdom

Located next to the National History Museum, V&A is considered to be the most seductive museum in London. It also perhaps the most radical of all the Victorian galleries, having fitted with gas lightening to enable evening sessions. The most popular collections include Asian and Islamic art.

Victoria and Albert Museum – Gallery area 30,658m2 (330,000 sq ft) established: 1852

The centrepiece of the attraction is, however, the Tipu’s Tiger, a life-size 18-century automaton dedicated to Mysore monarch and depicts a tiger tearing apart an officer of the East India Company.

Its other collections include ceramics, wallpapers, fashion, and jewelry, some of which spans 5000 years ago.

V&A is also one of the free museums in London.

9. National Museum of Korea – Seoul, South Korea

The National Museum of Korea is located in Yongsan, right in the heart of capital Seoul. This cultural complex is tasked to preserve and display the history of Korea raging from present to medieval. It also hosts a number of events including the Children’s Museum.

It houses more than 200,000 collections, which are on display and specialized in painting and calligraphy, crafts and sculpture, and many others. Moreover, the museum also occasionally stages international artifacts from such places as China, India, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Japan.

The setting of this museum is also breathtaking. It is located in the heart of Yongsan Family Park overlooking the Han River and in the background is Mt. Namsan.

Gallery area 27,090 m2 (291,600 sq ft) established 1909

10. Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago, United States

With over 300,000 collections of art, the Art Institute of Chicago is the largest museum in the city of Chicago. The visitors can enjoy the artworks from across the old building as well as the new Modern Wing, which was designed by architect Renzo Piano.

This museum was conceptualized after the Great Fire damaged the city in 1871. The leaders of the town embarked on reconstructing and growing the city, and in their plans was a new museum and fine arts school.

The front entrance of the gallery is marked by two bronze lion, and inside, you can find among others, the works of Gustave Caillebotte (Paris Street, and Rainy Day), as well as Grant Wood (American Gothic).

Gallery area 26,000m2 (280,000 sq ft) established 1879

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