Museums


"And this over here," croaked the 85-year-old museum tour guide, "is a fossil 5 million and 59 years old, on its left, you can see another fossil that's 3 million and 59 years old."

"Wow! That's really fascinating," said a fellow in the audience. "How can you age it so accurately to the year?"

 "Well, that's simple," answered the old man, "It was 3 million years old when I started working here 59 years ago."


The top 10 of the oldest museums in the world


A museum isn't only a repository of ancient artefacts, it is an archive of memory for all generations, which allows us to touch our history. A museum allows us to escape from everyday life, plunge into the past, find inspiration and expand our own horizons.

The Capitoline Museums (1471, Roma, Italy)

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The museum is located on Capitoline Hill in Rome and presents 3 buildings in which the collection of classical sculptures is housed and also a huge picture gallery with masterpieces such as Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Caravaggio, and more.

The Vatican Museums (1506, Roma, Vatican City, Italy)

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The Vatican Museums are the most visited museums in the world. The Vatican Museums are a group of 11 museums and galleries located in Vatican City. The museums provide a huge collection of classical sculptures and the most masterpieces of Renaissance art anywhere.

The Uffizi Gallery (1581, Florence, Italy)

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The Uffizi Gallery is an art gallery, that comprises several of the most famous masterpieces such as the works of Rembrandt, Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and more. Nowadays, the Uffizi Gallery is the most famous art gallery in the world. The formation of the museum began in 1575 on the orders of the ruler of Florence Cosimo I of the Medici, on the basis of the Medici family collection.

The Royal Armouries in the Tower of London (1660, London, England)

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The Royal Armouries in the Tower of London is the oldest National Museum of Great Britain, which contains one of the largest collection of weapons and armour in the world. King Charles II ordered a museum to be built of royal arms and treasures that was built on the tradition of trophies of arms and armour.

The Ashmolean Museum (1683, Oxford, England)

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The Ashmolean Museum is the oldest university museum in the world. The founder of the museum was an English politician, astrologer, alchemist, and collector Elias Ashmole, who bequeathed his private library and collections to Oxford University. Nowadays, the museum houses the largest collection of art and archaeological items such as biblical manuscripts, drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and more.

The Kunstkamera (1727, St. Petersburg, Russia)

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The Kunstkamera is the first museum created in Russia by the Emperor Peter the Great. The museum contains about 2 000 000 exhibits, among them there is a well-known collection of "freaks" - anatomical anomalies and rarities.

The British Museum (1753, London, England)

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The initial foundation for the British Museum's collection was the personal collection of Sir Hans Sloane, who provided his finds to the museum. The museum's collections number about seven million items, illustrating and documenting the history of human culture from its origins to our days.

The State Hermitage Museum (1764, St. Peterburg, Russia)

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The museum was founded in 1764 by Catherine 2 the Great and opened to the public in 1852. It consists of six historical buildings. The collection includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture such as sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological finds, numismatic material, paintings, graphic works, and more.

The Museo del Prado (1785, Madrid, Spain)

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The museum was founded in 1785 by Charles III of Spain and was opened to the public for the first time in 1819. Here you can touch the world of beauty thanks to unmatched masters such as Bosh, El Greco, Mantegna, Raphael, Titian, Durer, Velazquez, Goya, Rubens, and more.

The Louvre Museum (1793, Paris, France)

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The Louvre Museum is a central landmark of Paris. It was a former royal palace, that was opened to the public in 1793. The Louvre is one of the world's largest museums, and also the most visited art museum in the world. The Louvre houses an abundance of masterpieces and huge halls, which are full of luxury and treasure. Among the most valuable exhibits are the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and a sculpture of Venus de Milo.


The 10 World-Class Museums online


 The Louvre

 Paris, France

 Visit the Louvre museum website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 The Louvre museum

 
 

 The British Museum

 London, England

 Visit the British Museum website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 The British Museum

 
 

 Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

 Washington, USA

 Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

 
 

 The Vatican Museum

 Vatican City, Italy

 Visit the Vatican Museum website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 The Vatican Museum

 Sistine Chapel

 
 

 International Spy Museum

 Washington, USA

 Visit the International Spy Museum website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 International Spy Museum

 
 

 The State Hermitage Museum

 St. Petersburg, Russia

 Visit the State Hermitage Museum website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 The State Hermitage Museum

 
 

 The Guggenheim

 Bilbao, Spain

 Visit The Guggenheim Museum website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 The Guggenheim Museum

 
 

 The Prado Museum

 Madrid, Spain

 Visit the Prado Museum website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 The Prado Museum

 
 

 Dali Theatre-Museum

 Catalonia, Spain

 Visit Dali Theatre-Museum website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 Dali Theatre - Museum

 
 

 European Virtual Museum

 Visit the European Virtual Museum website to take a virtual tour (opens in a new window)

 European Virtual Museum


Australian Museums & Galleries


 NSW (New South Wales)

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 Museums & Galleries of NSW

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 Museums in New South Wales

 

 WA (Western Australia)

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 Museums WA

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 Museums in Western Australia

 

 SA (South Australia)

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 Museums and galleries in Adelaide and South Australia

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 Museums in South Australia

 

 QLD (Queensland)

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 Find a Museum or Gallery

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 Museums in Queensland

 

 VIC (Victoria)

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 Visit Victoria (Museums)

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 Museums in Victoria

 

 TAS (Tasmania)

 Visit the Discover Tasmania website to find more information (opens in a new window)

 Museums

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 Museums in Tasmania

 

 ACT (Australian Capital Territory)

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 Search Museums and Galleries

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 Museums in Canberra

 

 NT (Northern Territory)

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 Museums

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 Museums in Northern Territory

 

 

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