Museums offer the chance to explore rich collections of history, culture, and art in different destinations across the world. Each museum has its own character and style, and they are the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon or cooler day on your trip. Here are five fabulous cities for museum lovers to explore:
Ancient history has been well preserved and documented in Athens, where ancient Greek temples still stand tall over the city today. It’s a striking reminder of the past, and a unique chance to look back in time.
The Acropolis Museum is ranked the 11th best museum in the world and the 8th best museum in Europe. Here you can discover the ancient world of Athens through unique exhibitions curated in optimum conditions for the artefacts. Look down at the excavations from the ground floor gallery, or admire masterpiece sculptures, inscriptions, and priceless relics, once used in everyday life.
The whole city is a museum!
For striking exhibitions of both contemporary and historic art, head to the Museum of Cycladic Art and the Benaki Museum.
Stop for a lunch of local and seasonal dishes on the second floor of the Acropolis Museum and enjoy panoramic views over the Acropolis and Athens.
For something special, book dinner at Orizontes, perched on Lycabettus Hill, one of the highest peaks in Athens. Here breath-taking views are paired alongside an excellent menu of Mediterranean dishes cooked with local ingredients.
Stay at the charming Monsieur Didot, a 20th-century townhouse turned B&B and enjoy cosy and comfortable rooms, private sundecks, and wine tasting on the secret roof terrace.
With a whole island dedicated to museums, it’s no wonder Berlin makes the list. Berlin’s rich history can be explored through a number of memorials and sites throughout the city. With more than 150 museums, the city is a treasure trove for art and culture lovers.
Museum Island is a good place to start. The island is home to five museums that have been restored and connected as one complete whole by the James Simon Gallery entrance.
The Bode Museum sits at the island’s tip and boasts a unique collection of sculptures, whilst the Neues Museum is a work of impressive architecture as well as its wonderful collections.
The Altes Museum was the first on the island, and today holds countless masterpieces of classical antiquity.
An island of museums!
Off the island, wander through the city past Checkpoint Charlie to the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall, where you will find everything from Cindy Sherman photographs to ancient Buddha sculptures. The Jewish Museum is one of the city’s most poignant landmarks, and well worth a visit. Art lovers, meanwhile, must visit the König Galerie, showcasing a rotating selection of exhibitions.
When all that exploring leaves you hungry, stop for lunch at Kumpel & Keule Speisewirtschaft for delicious regional dishes. Grab a currywurst to go from Konnopke’s or enjoy a dinner of seasonal small plates at Das Lokal.
Book your stay at the Hotel Oderberger, an old public bathhouse designed by the architect of the Pergamon Museum. It is now a converted boutique hotel boasting chic rooms and stunning views.
Cairo Top Museums
Egypt has one of the richest cultures in the world with everything from Pharaonic civilisations to present-day Islamic and Coptic traditions. The capital of Cairo is home to some incredible museums that document key moments in Egypt’s fascinating history.
Egypt’s history comes to life!
Built on the plateau of the Pyramids of Giza, the museum is now the permanent home of King Tut’s tomb and the Royal Mummies as well as thousands of other archaeological finds.
The building itself is a masterpiece, with architecture mimicking the size and complexity of The Pyramids.
The Coptic Museum is a homage to Egypt’s multiculturalism, hosting displays of Coptic art from the Christian era in Egypt. The Museum of Islamic Art is a vast collection of pieces from Egypt’s Islamic history, whilst the October War Panorama Museum is dedicated to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Fill your belly after a day of exploring at Abou El Sid, where exquisite Egyptian dishes are served in a stylish setting. Enjoy rooftop views over the Nile and a delicious menu of grilled meats at Crimson.
Stay at the Villa Belle Epoque boutique hotel, where rooms are decorated with antique furniture, and guests can enjoy the hotel’s two pools and restaurants, located in the trendy Maadi neighbourhood.
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Chicago Top Museums
Whilst many people might think of New York City for museums, the extensive museums in Chicago are the city’s top attractions. With everything from world-class art galleries to impressive history, science, and design museums, there is something for everyone in this windy city.
Marvel at towering dinosaurs, ancient tombs, and a range of permanent and changing exhibitions at The Field Museum. This huge natural history museum is the perfect way to spend a day with family or friends.
Walk through simulations, mazes, and other cool displays at the Museum of Science and Industry. The whole museum is an incredible interactive experience for science lovers and history buffs alike.
The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography are celebrated galleries which host exhibitions by world-renowned artists.
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Fuel up for your day of exploring with brunch at Lula Café or enjoy a hearty lunch of French-Canadian dishes at Dear Margaret. Enjoy an excellent dinner of farm-fresh ingredients at The Bristol.
Book your stay at London House Chicago where comfort meets style. The hotel’s prime location is enhanced by spectacular city views from the roof terrace.
London Top Museums
London is teeming with fantastic museums, from world-renowned institutes to eclectic and independent galleries, and most of them are free to enter. With more than 170 museums to choose from it’s hard to know where to start.
South Kensington is a good place to begin, with a fabulous selection of museums and galleries all within a few metres of each other.
You’ll have a whale of a time in London!
Then head to the Science Museum and have fun with the interactive displays or visit the Design Museum, dedicated to contemporary design in every form.
The V&A is just over the road and boasts a vibrant hub of decorative art, design, fashion, and textiles, as well as star-studded ticketed exhibitions, with past shows including the Alexander McQueen Exhibition and the Dior show. There is an upcoming Coco Chanel exhibition in 2023.
The British Museum in Bloomsbury is another of London’s popular landmarks, with artefacts ranging from the Rosetta Stone to the Parthenon sculptures, whilst the National Gallery is one of the best art museums in the world.
Enjoy lunch in Kensington at Dishoom, London’s most popular Indian restaurant, or enjoy British seasonal small plates on the King’s Road at Rabbit. In Bloomsbury, I recommend stopping for a sumptuous meal at Honey & Co or a cheese board and a glass of wine at La Fromagerie.
Stay at the Ampersand Hotel in South Ken, featuring luxury-themed rooms inspired by the displays at the Natural History and Science museums.
Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or a science fanatic, each of these cities offers an array of wonderful museums to explore. Wherever you decide to go, your mind will be enriched, and your heart will be filled with these fantastic cities.