The world’s 100 most famous art galleries

Art galleries of the world

Art galleries hold collections of various types of fine art (arts and crafts, paintings, graphics, and sculpture). Originally, the term “gallery” meant a long hall with windows, the opposite wall of which is decorated with works of art. Over time, the term came to be applied to appropriate buildings with public and private art collections.

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, located in Milan, attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, inviting them to experience the atmosphere of true art.

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In fact, the structure is not considered a lighthouse, there is a museum founded in honor of Christopher Columbus.

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Lisbon is known for a large number of attractions, including the popular National Carriage Museum.

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India is a country with a rich and ancient history that dates back to the fifth millennium BC.

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Viking Ship Museum in Bygdø is one of the most popular museums in Oslo and Norway, the museum was founded in 1926.

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Kon-Tiki Museum – dedicated to the life and work of Thor Heyerdahl, opened May 15, 1950, located in Oslo, Norway.

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Museum in Oslo dedicated to the history of Norwegian polar expeditions, located next to the Kon-Tiki Museum, Norway.

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Tate Modern and Tate Britain are two different museums, one of modern art and one of British art since 1500.

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Dresden Gallery – Museum, a collection of about 750 paintings by old masters acquired in 18th century Germany.

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Art Institute of Chicago – Art museum and institution of higher learning in Chicago, Illinois.

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Museum of Art History is located in the center of Vienna on Maria Theresa Square and was opened in 1891, Austria.

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The Walters Art Museum is a public museum in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, founded in 1934.

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Rodin Museum – The largest collection of works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, opened in France in 1919.

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The Poldi Pezzolli Museum in Milan is a collection of unique paintings and objects collected by a wealthy Italian. The private collection became public at the end of the 19th century.

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The museum in Athens is dedicated to the study of the ancient culture of the Aegean Sea and Cyprus, with an emphasis on Cycladic art from the 3rd century BC.

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Capodimonte Museum – National Museum and Galleries Capodimonte is an art museum in Naples, founded in 1757.

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The most famous galleries in the world

Famous paintings and illustrious museums may seem like a tourist staple, but seeing them is a must. In the neighborhood of masterpieces you can consider other noteworthy works, admire them without queues and noise of crowds.

Louvre (Paris, France).


The most famous museum of the world and one of the greatest treasuries of cultural heritage. The most famous exhibits in the Louvre are two mysterious girls – the painting “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci and the sculpture “Venus of Milos”. The Richelieu Wing houses the Rubens Room, the Renaissance Gallery and the Dutch Gallery, where you can see paintings by Rembrandt. “Mona Lisa” is in the Italian Room in the Denon Wing and is protected by bulletproof glass. Above the main staircase of the Louvre towers another of its calling cards, the Nika of Samothrace.

Also impressive is the ancient Egyptian collection, which occupies two entire floors. The Louvre is huge, so plan ahead what you absolutely want to see. On Tuesdays the museum is closed, but on Wednesdays and Fridays it is open until 21:45, and in the evening there are fewer visitors, but on the first Sunday of the month when the entrance is free, you will have to push. Check the schedule and ticket prices at By the way, tickets should be purchased online, and to get to the museum is easier not through the main entrance, which attracts all tourists, but through the underground shopping center Carrousel du Louvre directly from the station Palais-Royal – Musee du Louvre.

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Old Pinakothek (Munich, Germany)

Old Pinakothek

Munich’s Old Pinakothek is one of the most famous art galleries in the world. Its collection numbers about 700 paintings dating from the 13th to the mid-18th century. Each exhibit – a true masterpiece. The Old Pinakothek owes its appearance to King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who appreciated art. He was the one who purchased paintings, organised the collection, and made sure that paintings could be admired not only by his courtiers. He commissioned the architect Leo von Klenze to build a building for the gallery in the 1830s.

Entrance to the museum was free on Sundays. The Old Pinakothek contains such outstanding works as Dürer’s Self-Portrait, Cranach the Elder’s Crucifixion, Bruegel’s Land of the Idlers, El Greco’s The Taking of Christ’s Clothes, Velázquez’ Portrait of a Young Spaniard, and paintings by Dutch and Italian Renaissance and Baroque artists. In addition to the Old Pinakothek in Munich, there are two more – the New Pinakothek, where paintings of the XIX – beginning of the XX century and the Pinakothek of the Modern age are presented, where one can see the works of art of the XX-XXI centuries. For information on all three galleries, collections, exhibitions, opening hours and ticket prices, visit

Old Masters Gallery (Dresden, Germany)

Old Masters Gallery

Dresden is home to one of the largest collections of paintings. It is here that the famous Sistine Madonna by Raphael, Chocolatier by Lyotard, works by Titian, Botticelli, Veronese, Tintoretto, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens and Velázquez are kept. Many paintings in the collection of the Dresden Gallery survived the 1930’s and 1940’s. Almost all of the paintings of the Impressionists were destroyed by the Nazis. During the bombing of Dresden the entire center of the city, including the gallery building, was destroyed. Hundreds of canvases were spoiled, over a thousand were taken out by Soviet soldiers, but later returned. Today in the gallery’s austere and simple rooms you can again admire the works of old masters.

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You can buy tickets in advance at In addition to the art gallery, the ticket entitles you to visit an exhibition of Dresden porcelain. Also worth a visit is the Armory, which displays a unique collection of weapons and costumes. Nearby is the building of the baroque Frauenkirche church, built in 1726-1743, destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 1994-2005.

Uffizi (Florence, Italy)

Uffizi Museum

The collection of the Uffizi Gallery includes works by the great Italians. Here you can see Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, Madonna and Child with Angel and Spring, Michelangelo’s Madonna Donni, Raphael’s Madonna with a Cheek, and Titian’s Venus of Urbino, “Caravaggio’s Bacchus, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Adoration of the Magi and the Annunciation, Verrocchio’s The Baptism of Christ, canvases by German, Flemish and Dutch masters, including Dürer and Rembrandt. Interestingly, the building housing the gallery, begun by architect Giorgio Vasari in 1560-1580 and finished by Bernardo Buontalenti, was intended for the administrative offices of the Tuscan state, hence its name, Uffizi, which means “offices”. Then the Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici decided to exhibit on the second floor antique sculptures and portraits of family members and celebrities of the time. This is where the history of the museum began.

The Uffizi Gallery is open all days except Mondays. For opening hours, ticket prices and museum plans, visit There you will also find information about the most famous paintings in the Uffizi collection and can plan your itinerary so you don’t miss the most interesting rooms of the museum.

Prado (Madrid, Spain)

Prado Museum

The Prado Museum’s collection has been taking shape over several centuries. Each year it is visited by more than 2 million people. This is the world’s largest collection of Spanish painting and sculpture. It contains masterpieces of the Italian and Flemish schools of painting. It is here that you can see Goya’s The Clothed Man and The Nude Man, Bosch’s The Garden of Delights and The Haydock, Velázquez’ The Meninas, paintings by El Greco, works by Dürer and Cranach, Botticelli, Raphael and Titian.

The Prado has a total collection of more than 8,000 paintings, but only a quarter of the collection is on display. The Prado is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday and holidays until 7:00 p.m. In the last two hours of the day admission to the museum is free. Children under 18 can visit the Prado for free at any time. Another plus of the Prado – such an influx of tourists, as, for example, in the Louvre, there is no. Before visiting, check the information on the website

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Hermitage (St. Petersburg, Russia)


About 3 million works of art are stored in the Hermitage. There are not only paintings, graphics and sculptures, but also archaeological finds, coins and jewels in the Gold and Diamond Storerooms. The founder of the Hermitage is considered to be Empress Catherine II, who in 1764 bought 225 paintings from the collection of Frederick II of Prussia for her residence in the Winter Palace. She also commissioned the construction of the Small and Big Hermitage buildings and the construction of the Hermitage Theater. During the Second World War not a single exhibit from the evacuated collection was lost. Today the Hermitage exposition occupies five buildings along the Neva embankment. The collection is so vast that in one day to see everything you can not. The most famous masterpieces of the collection are Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna Benoit and Rembrandt van Rijn’s Return of the Prodigal Son.

For useful information about the Hermitage, visit In addition to the main Hermitage, there are three branches – in Amsterdam (Hermitage on Amstel), in Kazan, opened in the Kazan Kremlin for the city’s 1000th anniversary, and in Vyborg.

Vatican Museums (Rome, Vatican City)

Vatican Museums

We can say that the entire Vatican State is one solid museum, uniting unique collections of works of art and the papal palaces. Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo with “Last Judgment” fresco and stanzas by Raphael are already a good reason to be here. In the Museo Pio Climentino, whose collection description alone occupies seven volumes, is the famous sculptural group “Laocoon”. The Etruscan Museum is dedicated to the people who once lived in the land where the Roman Empire emerged. The Egyptian Museum displays sculptures, busts, sarcophagi, mummies, bas-reliefs with pharaohs and other artifacts from ancient Egypt. The Vatican Pinacoteka is the richest collection of Byzantine and European paintings from different eras. You can see works by Raphael, Giotto, Titian, and Perugino there.

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In addition to these museums, which are included in the mandatory program, there is the Vatican Library with a significant collection of manuscripts, the Chiaramonti Museum dedicated to ancient sculpture, the Historical Museum of the Vatican and many others. The Borgia Apartments, painted by, among others, Pinturicchio, show contemporary church art, and the new building in the Pontifical Palace offers an insight into religious culture from around the world. Tickets to the Vatican Museums can be purchased in advance at

National Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

National Gallery in London

The collection of the London National Gallery includes painting masterpieces of all European schools from the middle of the 13th century to the early 20th century. They are exhibited chronologically, so you can see the history of art throughout several centuries and draw parallels between the artists of different countries. This is one of the most visited museums in the world, and it is very conveniently located in the heart of the city, in Trafalgar Square. Titian’s “Holy Family” and “Venus and Adonis”, Rubens’ “Abduction of the Sabine Women” and “Evening”, Raphael’s “Madonna of Ancidea” and “Horse Portrait of Charles I” by van Dyck, landscapes by Turner and Constable, Cezanne’s “Bathing Girls” and more than 2000 more paintings of the great masters can be seen in the National Gallery.

Check the museum’s opening hours at, and it’s completely free to visit, as are other London museums: the Tate Gallery, the world’s largest collection of English paintings, and the Tate Modern Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

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The Metropolitan was founded relatively recently – April 13, 1870, but its collection already includes more than 2 million works of art of world culture up to 5000 years old. This New York museum has the most complete collection of American art, as well as 2500 works of European masters, including masterpieces of van Dyck, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Renoir, Matisse and many others.

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