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)

  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.

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The Capitoline Museums


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

  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.

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Vatican Museums


The Uffizi Gallery (1581, Florence, Italy)

  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.

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The Uffizi Gallery


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

  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.

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The Royal Armouries in the Tower of London


The Ashmolean Museum (1683, Oxford, England)

  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.

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The Ashmolean Museum


The Kunstkamera (1727, St. Petersburg, Russia)

  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.

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The Kunstkamera


The British Museum (1753, London, England)

  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.

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The British Museum


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

  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.

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The State Hermitage Museum


The Museo del Prado (1785, Madrid, Spain)

  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.

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The Museo del Prado


The Louvre Museum (1793, Paris, France)

  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.

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The Louvre Museum


The 10 World-Class Museums Online


The Louvre

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Paris, France

 
 

The British Museum

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London, England

 
 

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Washington, USA

 
 

The Vatican Museum

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Vatican City, Italy

Sistine Chapel

 
 

International Spy Museum

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Washington, USA

 
 

The State Hermitage Museum

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St. Petersburg, Russia

 
 

The Guggenheim

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Bilbao, Spain

 
 

The Prado Museum

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Madrid, Spain

 
 

Dali Theatre-Museum

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Catalonia, Spain

 
 

European Virtual Museum

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Europe


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)

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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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