Pop into a Museum & Get Cultured this Summer

Chris Burden "Urban Light"Display at LACMA (www.discoverlosangeles.com)

You don’t have to be an history buff to appreciate a good museum.  Whether you decide to staycation or vacation, give a local museum a chance and discover the world in a different light (just like Chris Burden’s Urban Light Display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art!).  We hope to check out Tim Burton’s new exhibit at LACMA too. With so much art and history in the world, make sure to tap into your inner culture vulture during your vacation!

Here are some favorite picks of museums for you to consider during your travels.

The Louvre Museum (Paris, France)

35,000 art pieces reside inside the Louvre Museum, with its iconic pyramid structure, which has become famous for being the home of the Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and the Venus de Milo.  It is said that for the average person to see every single item in the Louvre, assuming they are at the museum every day from the minute the museum opens to the time it closes, and they spent 60 seconds in front of each piece, it would most likely take the person more than 2 years!  That is some serious artwork!

The Vatican Museums (Vatican City, Rome)

Hundreds of years of history are captured in the Vatican Museums, located in Vatican City (pictured above).  They are considered some of the greatest museums in the world because they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries, which include some of the most renowned classical sculptures and art work from the Renaissance era.

Old Vienna Schnaps Museum (Vienna, Austria)

If you’re traveling through Vienna this summer, give the Schnaps museum a visit and discover how a family-owned business continues to create one of Austria’s most famous exports.  The most famous schnaps is quite possibly Jagermeister.  If schnaps doesn’t suit your fancy, you can always visit the Museum of Chocolate instead.

The Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Are you a fan of Vincent Van Gogh?  The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh…in the world.  The Dutch Post-Impressionist painter is famous for memorable paintings such as “The Starry Night” and “The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night.”

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (Cairo, Egypt)

Home t0 120,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts, and home to an exhibition of the artifacts found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun (King Tut).  The remains of many famous Pharaohs are stored in the Egyptian Museum as well, and visitors can see an extensive collection of papyrus and coins used in the ancient Egyptian times.

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Any must-see museums in your area or that you’ve visited abroad?  Leave a comment below and share with your fellow Contiki travelers!

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