Top 5 Largest Museums In The World

If a library plays the role of keeping books, journals, manuscripts, and various other reading materials, the museum function to store and display unique artifacts and other historical items.

If you are looking to learn a bit about history, culture or religion then you should pay a visit to a museum. Unfortunately, it is not the number 1 spot to go to for most people as most people will prefer to go to other entertainment centers.

Nevertheless, we would like to share with you the top 5 largest museums in the world where some of which have an interesting architectural designs.

5. Vatican Museum

The Vatican Museum as its name can be found in Vatican City, Rome and it was opened way back in 1506. This museum has an area of 460,000 sq. ft. and similar to other buildings in Vatican City, the internal design features a bright golden color.

The Vatican museum is well known for its art and portrait collections from the peak of the Roman empire. Some of them include the works of Raphael and Michelangelo which are placed in 54 gallery halls.

This museum keeps around 70,000 historic items and only 20,000 of them are for your eyes to see.

4. Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art can be found in New York, United States and it is the 4th largest museum in the world with a space of 663,100 sq. ft. It was opened in 1972 at Fifth Avenue before it moved to a location that is 20 times the size of its original place.

It is estimated that 2 million priceless items are kept and displayed here some of which comes from ancient Egyptians, Islamic arts and also painting collection from Europe, Greek, and Rome.

Compared to other museums, this is probably one of the museums with an abundance of musical equipment. In 2016 alone, 6.7 million people visited this museum.

3. National Museum of China

Not only does China have enormous libraries, but the country also has a huge museum of its own. The museum can be found in Tiananmen Square, Beijing with a vast area of 700,000 sq. ft. It was built based on the combination of two museums, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the National Museum of Chinese History.

The purpose of this museum is to educate the public and promote Chinese arts and history. There are around 1.5 million priceless items that can be found here.

2. State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum is located in St. Petersburg, Russia and it is the second-largest museum in the world. The museum was built in 1754 but it was officially opened to the public in 1852 making it one of the oldest museums in the world.

With a huge space of 719,480 sq. ft., the museum places around 3 million historical items inside with some believing that it has the most painting collection in the world. The museum is comprised of 6 buildings of which only 5 of them are open to the public.

Such place is known as Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and Hermitage Theatre.

1. Louvre

Louvre is not only the biggest museum in the world but also the biggest monument yet. It can be found in the city of love, Paris and it is among the hot spot for tourists to visit while in Paris.

The structure of the museum mimicking a glass pyramid is what made the whole building so iconic and it is said to keep 380,000 prehistoric items until the 21st century. Louver has a wide area of 782,910 sq. ft. and in 2016 alone the museum received more than 7.3 million visitors.


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