Top 10 famous art galleries in the world

7:08 am 7 Aug, 2012


Art galleries provide the perfect background to esteem, admire and appreciate works of arts by great artists of different era across the globe. Visiting an art gallery cannot only be fun but also exhilarating as you experience the first hand look of the magnificent, splendid and marvelous masterpieces collectively. There are various famous art galleries around the world which are ought to make you spellbound and here are the top 10 among them which surely deserves your attention whether you are an art lover or not!


10. Musee d’Orsay (Paris):

The Musee d’Orsay is one of the world’s richest, greatest and most exciting art galleries. The permanent collection of the museum houses innumerable amazing works by proficient masters of early modern art including Monet, Cezzane, Matisse, Degas, Renoir, Sisley and Van Gogh. In addition, The Musee d’Orsay hosts many special not-to-miss events along with numerous exhibitions all throughout the year. Not only one among the top art galleries of the world it is perhaps even the top must visit place in Paris.

Top 10 famous art galleries in the world: Musee d’Orsay


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9. National Museum of Korea (Seoul):

Historically significant, National Museum of Korea houses more than 220,000 masterpieces of relics and arts. Situated in the Yongsan Family Park after its re-location in October 2005, the flagship museum of Korean history and art is comprised of archeological and historical art galleries dating back to 1392 (presenting the earliest day of Korean civilization), paintings, calligraphy and beautiful Buddhist sculptures along with arts and ceramics illustrating the rich Asian culture.

Top 10 famous art galleries in the world: National Museum of Korea

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8. Centre Pompidou (Paris):

This center has delighted and amazed visitors ever since it was inaugurated in 1977  not only for its marvelous collection of modern art but also for its spectacular architectural statement. Centre Georges Pompidou has achieved what few cultural centers have, it  flourishes as a space where the culture and art seems to be owned by the people rather than footing aloof and unapproachable. Treading into this atrocious architectural interest, one thinks that this is the center of Parisian life. Counted among one of the most marvelous art galleries in the world, it includes center’s public library, sloping plaza and the open mezzanine cafe and has more than 3 million visitors every year.

Top 10 famous art galleries in the world: Centre Pompidou

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7. National Palace Museum (Taipei):

The main art museum of China located in Taipei, Taiwan, the National Palace Museum demonstrates more than four thousand years of Chinese art, from the Shang to the Qing era. These imperial collections of Chinese paintings are perhaps the greatest in the world. The museum also has a large collection of art documents and objects (more than 650,000) such as Chinese ritual bronzes, jade, ceramics, lacquerware, decorative carvings, enamelware, embroidery and tapestry, calligraphy, books and archival documents.

Top 10 famous art galleries in the world: National Palace Museum

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6. National Gallery of Art (Washington):

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, is an outstanding art museum that exhibits one of the biggest collections of masterwork in the world including paintings, drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, decorative arts and sculptures from the 13th century till date. The art gallery includes an extensive review of the works of American, British, American, Italian, Spanish, Flemish,  Dutch, German and French art. The museum also offers a wide range of concerts, lectures, educational programs, guided tours and films.

Top 10 famous art galleries of the world: National Gallery of Art

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5. Tate Modern (London):

Holding a reputable position in the list of famous art galleries across the world, Tate has a collection of international contemporary art from 1900s. Built in 1950s the art gallery was closed in 1981 due to increasing oil prices however it reopened in May 2000. The various levels of the magnificent building depict artworks arranged in theme with every room mixing chronology and periods. At the center of every wing there is a huge display hub which focuses on the crucial moments of 20th century art history. A major extension was done to accommodate 1.8 million visitors annually but Tate gets more than 4 million visitors per year.

Top 10 famous art galleries in the world: Tate Modern

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4. National Gallery (London):

Located on the Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is one of the oldest art museums of the world and the United Kingdom. Established in 1824, the gallery has an antique collection of 2,300 paintings from the mid thirteenth century to the 1900s. The works include artworks from Titan, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Cezzane, Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Hogarth.

Top 10 famous art galleries in the world: National gallery

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3. British Museum (London):

One of the world’s utmost art galleries of history and culture, the British Museum in London contains permanent collection, summing up to eight million works (the largest in existence). All the collected works from various continents are very comprehensive and supreme – documenting and illustrating the chronicle of human culture from its early stages to the present. You will easily spend a week and still miss some of the amazing masterpieces. However,  make sure you do not miss the Holy Land rooms with artifacts of the Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Israelites, Sumerians, Phoenicians, ancient Islamic and Canaanites societies along with the African, American and Rome Britian galleries.

Top 10 famous art galleries in the world: British Museum

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2. Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York):

Founded in 1870 by a group of American nationals, the Metropolitan Museum of Art represents the works of art from Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity. The museum is a home to various sculptures and splendid paintings from almost all the European masters along with a wide collection of American and modern art. The museum also contains several assets of Asian, African, Byzantine, Oceanic and Islamic art – From extensive collections of antique weapons and armors to various aged musical instruments, accessories and costumes. Numerous prominent interiors, varying from 1st century Rome all the way through the contemporary American design, are permanently mounted in the Met’s galleries.

Top 10 famous art galleries in the world: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1. The Louvre Museum (Paris):

Home of the most famous painting of the world, Mona Lisa, Louvre museum is the oldest and largest museum in the capital of France. Ever since its inception in 2007, the art gallery has topped the list of most visited museums in the world. 8.5 million in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and a whooping 8.8 million in 2011. A pantheon of western arts, the gigantic museum has many of the well admired pieces of artwork in the history of human civilization. In eight departments Louvre consists of 35,000 works of arts. Full of magnificent art, the extensive collection of various cultures has been collected over the past 500 years by successive French Governments. The best Greek, Assyrian and Islamic art collection in the world are held here.

Top 10 famous art galleries in the world: The Louvre Museum


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