Fancy yourself a bit of a culture vulture? We do too. From Madrid’s El Prado Museum to the gardens of the Parc Guell in Barcelona, these top museums, landmarks and galleries will satisfy even the keenest of art and history nerds.
1. The Louvre, Paris
Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, oh my! With finds dating from the prehistoric to the Romantic and everything in between, the Musée du Louvre is the ultimate playground for creatives and art enthusiasts. Rambling across four levels, three wings and through delightful alfresco courtyards, this former royal palace is a site to see in itself; it’s interiors toeing the line between the royal Renaissance-style and the clean lines of contemporary design.
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2. Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Housing works from the likes of Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Da Vinci, Velazquez, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo, the world famous Uffizi Gallery has brought travellers and locals alike to the helms of its artistic Mecca since time immemorial. Built in 1581 as public office space, it’s no surprise that the biggest collection of Italian renaissance is held in regal and romantic Florence, where time seemingly stands still.
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3. El Prado Museum, Madrid
An art-lovers treasure trove, use your time in the capital to brush up on your creative history at the El Prado museum. Opening it’s doors to the public in November 1819, the Museo Nacional del Prado houses exceptionally important paintings from the Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). This royal collection of 311 paintings built the foundation of the museums larger collection, which today spans more than 20,000 works from the 16th century during the time of Charles V to the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs and beyond.
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4. Parc Guell, Barcelona
Lush greenery, walls of swirling patchwork mosaics, and playful pops of architecture; welcome to Park Güell. Crafted in the early 20th century, these garden grounds are where world-famous architect, Antoni Gaudi’s imagination ran wild. A mental playground where art breathes new life into nature, Park Güell is a living and breathing Gaudi tribute, enjoyed every day by locals and tourists alike.
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5. Museum of Modern Art, (MOMA)
The leader of the pack in the contemporary art scene, New York’s Museum of Modern Art is choc-a-bloc with creative heavyweights, from Van Gogh and Matisse, to Picasso, Warhol, Pollock and Bourgeois. Beyond the 20,000+ works, a recent revamp has delivered a fresher, lighter and more impressive MOMA. With a six-story atrium soaring to a skylit foyer means at several turns in the pristine galleries visitors are landed with dramatic views of the museum’s sculpture garden and the charming 19th-century town houses in the Manhatan beyond.
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