One of the most famous British newspapers, The Times, has created a ranking of the most beautiful museums in the world, as well as the most famous and visited art galleries. A rich commission of art critics and experts was asked to help create the ranking.
The most beautiful museums in the world, the complete ranking
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy has been crowned, unanimously, as the most beautiful museum in the world, both for the works kept and for the architectural space that houses the entire complex. This ranking confirms the passion of the greatest experts for all of Italy and the Renaissance in general (in fact, the Borghese Gallery in Rome appears in the ranking drawn up for the most beautiful museums in the world).
Surprisingly, however, this first place ranking does not correspond to the first place ranking for highest number of tickets sold annually. The Uffizi is surprisingly out of the top 20, with the podium occupied by the trio Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and British Museum. For this reason, one of the most famous influencers in Italy, Chiara Ferragni, was asked to increase the appeal of the Florentine museum.
Here is the complete ranking of the most beautiful museums in the world, according to The Times.
- Uffizi Gallery , Florence, Italy (don’t miss Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”)
- Prado Museum , Madrid, Spain (don’t miss Diego Velázquez’s “Las Meninas”)
- State Hermitage Museum , St. Petersburg, Russia (don’t miss Rembrandt’s preserved paintings)
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) , New York, United States (don’t miss Matisse’s “The Dance”)
- Kunstmuseum Basel , Basel, Switzerland (don’t miss works by Picasso, Braque and Gris)
- Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York, United States (don’t miss Cloisters’ medieval unicorn tapestries)
- Kunsthistorisches Museum , Vienna, Austria (don’t miss Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Hunters in the Snow)
- Louvre , Paris, France (don’t miss Leonardo’s “La Gioconda”)
- National Gallery , London, United Kingdom (don’t miss “Venus in the mirror” by Diego Velázquez)
- Frick Collection , New York, United States (don’t miss Holbein’s portraits of Henry VIII’s ministers, Thomas Moore and Cromwell)
- Rijksmuseum , Amsterdam, Netherlands (don’t miss: Pieter Jansz Saenredam’s “The interior of St. Odulphuskerk in Assendelft”)
- Galleria Borghese , Rome, Italy (don’t miss Bernini’s “Apollo and Daphne”)
- Van Gogh Museum , Amsterdam, Netherlands (don’t miss Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”)
- Musée d’Orsay , Paris (don’t miss Renoir’s “Moulin de la Galette”)
- Yale Center for British Art , New Haven, Connecticut (don’t miss George Stubbs’ “Lion Assaulting a Horse”)
- Tate Modern , London, United Kingdom (don’t miss “Living Sculpture” by Marisa Merz)
- Museum of Islamic Art , Doha, Qatar (don’t miss the 15th-century Koran created for Emperor Timur)
- Hamburger Bahnhof , Berlin, Germany (don’t miss the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection)
- Vatican Museums , Vatican City (don’t miss the Sistine Chapel)
- Barnes Foundation , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (don’t miss Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s “At Montrouge, Rosa la Rouge”).
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