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The human race is made up of various cultures around the globe with traditions, customs, ethnicities, and more. Within cultures we see many differences but also many similarities. One of the biggest forms of comparing and contrasting culture is art. All over the globe we have amazing museums that capture the essence of art among cultures from famous artists throughout history. This guide below showcases some of the top destinations art lovers should have on their bucket list.

The Louvre | Paris

Famous Italian-Renaissance artist, Leonardo Da Vinci, is the man behind one of the world’s most valuable paintings — The Mona Lisa. This famous half-length portrait of Lisa Gherardini is on permanent display at The Louvre.

Originally established as a fortress under Philip II, The Louvre is a historical palace of famous masterpieces from artwork to artifacts. This museum has seen major changes throughout centuries as it’s showcased some of the best art in the world. Known as the world’s largest art museum, this should be at the top of your list!

National Gallery of Art | Washington, D.C.

Open to the public with free admission, The National Gallery of Art (NGA) sits in the capital of the United States. Established as a museum for the people with a substantial donation of artwork and funding from Andrew W. Mellon, the NGA is a must-see. This collection of masterpieces includes work by Rembrandt, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, and many more famous artists.  

Goreme Open Air Museum | Turkey

Altering the dynamic of traditional museums, the Goreme Open Air Museum in Turkey is one of the finest rock-cut churches carved by monastic communities. The rock hewn architecture and fresco technique is just a small portion to what makes this museum a representation of historical unity. It’s one of Turkey’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and frequently the first stop on Cappadocian itineraries and has been wonderfully preserved throughout history.

Rijksmuseum | Amsterdam

With works of art composed during the “Dutch Golden Age”, the national museum, Rijksmuseum preserves historic pieces of art. Within this collection remains Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” which further endorses the Dutch expertise in developing landscapes, still lifes, and other genre paintings.

While there is an abounding number of other museums that should be on your bucket list, the museums listed above have one-of-a-kind collections that art lovers from all over the world travel to see. If you’re planning a trip any time soon, you should highly consider one of these prime locations that are dedicated to preserve art and history.