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The world is an amazing place, let’s face it. There are so many cool things to do and museums to see that you could very well spend your whole life only visiting museums and get along just fine. Yet there are some that are better than others, with many more exhibits and rare artifacts which are worth exploring more than others.

The Louvre (Paris, France)

The Louvre is without a doubt one of the single most quintessential and beautiful museums in the world. Not only a national treasure of the French people but also a staple of European and world culture. It’s home the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, and much more. It was also the site of Dan Brown’s novel portrayed by actor Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code. The Louvre has not only European artifacts, but a stunning array of Egyptian artifacts as well.

Museo Nacional de Antropologa (Mexico City, Mexico)

If you’re into Mayan prophecies, Mexican culture, and Pre-Columbian art then the Museo Nacional de Antropologa is one to surely not miss. Located on 20 acres of land, this museum has waterfalls, statues, pools and amazing foliage which will really leave you in awe.

The British Museum (London, England)

The vastness of the British Empire is one which has come with many riches over the years. Housing over eight million objects alone, the British Museum is long revered for its Egyptian collection that is second only to Cairo, its gold jewel collection, to actual chunks of the Greek Parthenon in Athens.

The Met (NYC, USA)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known simply as The Met, is the single largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. It has over two million items in total, and many of its paintings are from the finest European painters of all time. It houses Egyptian tombs, American artists like Frank Lloyd Wright, and so many more that you could spend a month straight soaking it all in.

There are many more fascinating and incredible museums to see, and because of the often rotating nature of the displays which are on exhibit, it can be hard to view everything around the world. But when traveling, it’s always fun to go to a museum and take a moment to appreciate how vast and complex our culture has been leading up til this point in time.