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The Best Museums in the World

This list of the most visited museums in the world, comes with pictures, and will give you plenty of ideas for top museums to see on your own travels. For some, "the most popular" means "the best," and these are definitely some of the most famous museums anywhere. The top museums in the world are often major tourist attractions, and can be a museum of natural history, art, science, or be dedicated to any number of other topics. Early museums were collections owned by private individuals.

Whether these collections were open to the public was up to the owner. Today, museums are institutions dedicated to the study and exhibition of art, artifacts, and other objects of importance. One can only imagine the collections necessary to make the museums on this list some of the best museums in the world.

What are the greatest museums in the world? This list contains the top 50 famous museums around the world from many different countries, so there won't be a shortage of famous places on this list. 

Check out more lists like famous art museums, the top museums to visit in the US and the most engaging children's museums.
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    Berlin, Germany
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  • 30

    Museum Calouste Gulbenkian

  • 246
    Ontario, Canada
  • 32

    Deutsches Technikmuseum

  • 132
    Stockholm, Sweden
  • 36

    Museo de Oro(Gold), Bogota

    Bogotá, Colombia
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  • 125
    Munich, Germany
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    Vatican City
  • 44

    Museum Siam

    4 Sanam Chai Road, Pra Barom Maha Rajawang Pranakorn District
    (Museum Siam: Discovery Museum)
    Museum Siam: Discovery Museum, a division under National Discovery Museum Institute (NDMI) was established for the first time and aims to be a new form of museum that enhances the new experience of visiting museum. Museum Siam promotes itself as a new learning space and also foster a goodwill to be the museum prototype that gears towards to standardize the museum administrative and management to public especially to children and youth to understand of themselves, people, neighbors, country and the world. Museum Siam creates a new identity of “Museum” in the Thai history and utilizes an interactive and multi-disciplinary. History is no longer grows tiresome anymore here!
          •Permanent exhibition 
          •Temporary exhibition 
          •Learning events and activities
    Play + Learn = Plearn (the Thai word for enjoyment)
    Is the key approach of NDMI activities. Presentations are both fun and informative, with plenty of interactive exhibition to effectively convey the educational narrative. The showcases are most ranging from hand-on exhibitions as being an alternative source of knowledge accessible to all walks of life.
     The logo of NDMI 
    is the red frogman. 
    The frog is a unique holy symbol of water and fertility among all South East Asia back then as we can notice from the design on the ancient bronze drums which were regular used in the Rain-making rites.
  • 46

    Musée de la Grande Guerre (Great War Museum)


    The largest Great War museum in the World is located on the battlefield of the First Battle of the Marne which took place in 1914.

  • 49

    Collections of the Palace Museum

    Beijing, China
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