Today is International Museum Day, which naturally makes us very excited because museums are a treasure trove of inspiration and a necessity for anyone looking to add to their general culture. We’ve never been to museum we didn’t enjoy and in honour of today, we decided to share with you our favourite museums in the world!
Obviously, we haven’t been to every museum in the world, so there are surely some hidden gems we haven’t experienced (please share them with us in the comments section), so these are our favourite from the ones we’ve been to.
We hope you enjoy!
First up, Le Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France. This building is in the middle of city centre and is very accessible. It houses four things, the public information library, a immense public library, the IRCAM, a music and acoustic research centre and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest collection of modern art in all of Europe!
We love it because it always hosts amazing exhibitions and has a great permanent collection, but most importantly it gives visitors an amazing view point of Paris. Arguably, the best view in all of the city!
It’s also open late, for those of us who don’t like to wake up at 7am when we’re on vacation.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam hosts over 900 000 objects! It is the largest collection of historical and artistic pieces in the Netherlands. Perhaps its most famous art piece would have to be Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch‘ from 1642.
You’ve seen the I amsterdam structure outside the museum a million times on instagram, but what’s inside the museum is even more exciting! It’s a must see!
Perhaps a lesser known museum in Paris but oh so worthwhile is the Musée Galliera in the 16th arrondissement. It’s particularly interesting for us because it’s all about fashion and fashion history.
It doesn’t have a permanent collection but it showcases a variety of revolving exhibitions. The museum is split into four categories; costumes, undergarments, accessories and graphic arts/photography. Over the years we’ve seen some of Marie Antoinette’s clothes, the Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and incredible designs by everyone from Pierre Balmain to Jean Paul Gaultier.
Their archive pieces are truly breathtaking. We could spend hours in there! If you’ve never been, you must put it on your to do list!
If you were one of the lucky thousands who saw the Jeff Koons retrospective, consider yourselves lucky because looking back on it now, we realize it was perhaps one of the most fun exhibits we’ve ever been to. The entirety of the Whitney Museum of American Art was devoted to Koons spectacular career. Pieces from all his different ”periods” were there to be celebrated. From giant sculptures, gargantuan paintings to small dish sponges, everything was exposed.
Seeing those iconic sculptures in person can’t help but take your breath away. Truly masterful!
What are some of your favourite museums? Are you planning on visiting anything today?