There are literally thousands of museums in any country in the world, ranging from world-class facilities to antique shops turned non-profits and personal collections on display to anyone who would care to look. Here are six of the best museums in the world. We’ll explain what is uniquely attractive about each.
Padova Museum of Geography
The Museum of Geography is located at the University of Padova in Italy. It is notable for its selection of globes, terrain models, maps, atlases, geography books, cartography tools, historical surveying tools and photographs. There are separate rooms for various themes and parts of the world. If you’re able to make it, see the geography museum as the counterpoint to your online GIST program material.
Museum of Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses
The terracotta warriors buried with Emperor Shi Huang were one of the biggest (literally) archaeological discoveries in history. The terracotta army was discovered by farmers in 1974. Several thousand warriors were placed in the Qin Terra-Cotta Warriors & Horses Museum.
The British Museum in London
The British Museum in London opened in 1753 and today contains more than eight million works. It is home to the Rosetta Stone and one of the largest collections of Greek sculptures in the world. It hosts a massive collection of Egyptian mummies. It has the earliest known image of Jesus Christ, an Easter Island statue, and a number of other unique items. If you’ve earned an online geographic information science and technology degree from the University of Southern California, you’ll love their collection of old maps and cartography tools.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is located in Washington, D.C. It is home to the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world. It has a moon rock on display that the public can actually touch. It also hosts the Spirit of St. Louis that was flown by Charles Lindbergh, the aircraft the Wright brothers flew, and the Apollo 11 command module.
The Musee du Louvre
The Musee du Louvre is better known to the rest of the world as the Louvre Museum in Paris. This museum is as popular as the Eiffel Tower. The museum is housed in a building once intended to be a fortress. It was converted to a museum in 1793. It is home to some of the best-known works of art in the world, such as the Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, and 35,000 other masterpieces.
The Hagia Sophia Museum
The Hagia Sophia was once the largest church in the world, built by Emperor Justinian. When Muslims took over Constantinople, they converted it into a mosque. Several minarets were built. When Ataturk secularized the nation, he turned the Hagia Sophia into a museum. The museum is home to one of the largest mosaic collections in the world and is one of the most prominent and biggest standing example of Byzantine architecture in the world.
All these museums have something different to offer depending on your interest. Whether it’s institutions like the Louvre or the British Museum, or lesser known museums like the Hagia Sophia, all of these are unique in their own way and will leave you enriched.
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