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Old October 6th, 2005, 06:00 PM   #1
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Best Art Museums

What do you think are the fifteen best art museums (not including natural history, sciene, etc) in the world?

My list is as follows:

1. The Louvre
2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
3. The National Gallery in London
4. The Art Institute of Chicago
5. The National Gallery in Washington, DC
6. The Hermitage
7. The Prado
8. The Museum of Modern Art in NY
9. The Museum Orsay
10.The Reina Sofia in Madrid
11.The Philadelphia Museum of Art
12.The Reijksmuseum
13. The Getty in LA
14. The Gugenheim in NY
15. The Barnes Collection in Philadelphia
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Old October 6th, 2005, 06:12 PM   #2
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The Detroit Institute of Arts is generally ranked as a Top Five in the U.S. It's most famous for the "Detroit Industry" murals by Diego Rivera. It also has a pretty large collection of European works from all periods. It also has a pretty extensive collection of African pieces.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 09:46 PM   #3
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No Musei Vaticani?

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Old October 6th, 2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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In terms of overall quality of the collection, I would put the Chicago Art Institute above the Met. The Met has a somewhat greater variety, but Chicago has many collections that are among the best of their kind anywhere in the world. I could spend days just in their impressionists collection, although I understand that impressionism is not everyone's thing.

Of course I also have to throw in a shameless plug for the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its permenant collection is pretty standard, but it has had several major traveling exhibits in recent years -- a major Rembrahnt exhibition featuring many works never shown outside of Europe opens next week. And, I think the Calatrava architecture speaks for itself:

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Old October 7th, 2005, 12:01 AM   #5
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My favorite are Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Modern, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Museum of Fine Art in Boston.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 01:00 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Pavlvs
No Musei Vaticani?

MikeHunt made a good start, but we must certainly add the great Italian museums at the very least.

The Uffizi and Pitti Palace museums.
The Vatican Museums.

All Italy is by itself a museum!
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