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Old May 4th, 2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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What is the best museum in the world?

In your opinion, what is the best museum in the world?
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Old May 4th, 2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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British Museum, Louvre.
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British Museum, Louvre.
I also love the Tokiyo National Museum in Japan

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Old May 4th, 2013, 05:26 PM   #4
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Old May 4th, 2013, 11:01 PM   #5
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There are many great museums around the world but I think, one of most interesting are located in Italy, for example in Turin.











Except many palaces located in Turin and around this city, opened to visitors.
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Old May 5th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #7
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I don't think there's anything better currently than Washington DC's Smithsonian. Each country that has been, for a period, the global hegemon has built a great museum during that period and filled it with loot representative of the age. The British, of course, did that with the British Museum. The Spanish did it with the Prado. The French with Louvre. So has the US and nobody now has a museum with a better collection of important relics of the last hundred years in science and technology as well as those of earlier times in all categories that were available to be acquired during the 20th century. The collection ranges from the space shuttle to the Hope Diamond and everywhere between. It would take many days to see most of it. It might be impossible to see it all (because a lot is in storage).

National Air and Space Museum (but one of the Smithsonian's many buildings and focused collections--this one housing the world's largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sm...ace_Museum.jpg

National Museum of Natural History (another Smithsonian building--dinosaurs galore)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithso...atural_History

National Museum of American History (another Smithsonian building)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa...erican_History

Smithsonian Original Building (1847)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithsonian
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Old May 5th, 2013, 02:54 AM   #8
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I've only been to a few but I would have to say the Vatican Museums
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Old May 5th, 2013, 04:32 AM   #9
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Of course ...

Musée du Louvre, Paris.


- the world's most visited museum
- the home of the world's most famous piece of art of all time
- one of the most recognizable museum in the world
- among the biggest collections in the world







Runner up :

- Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg
I've visited this one, the Palace is really impressive, proud imperial Russia
And the volunteers were really cool.

Bronze medalists :

- Museo del Prado, Madrid
- MoMA, New York

Chocolate medalists :

- Vatican Museums, Vatican
- Smithsonian Institute, Washington
- Centre Pompidou, Paris
- Guggenheim, New York
- Moscow State Historical Museum, Moscow
- Musée d'Orsay, Paris
- Museuminsel, Berlin


The top 10 by askmen :

10. Rijskmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
9. The State Hermitage, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
8. The Prado, Madrid, Spain
7. The Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA
6. Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt
5. The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
3. The British Museum, London, UK
2. The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Vatican
1. Le Louvre, Paris, France

Honorable mention : Guggenheim, Bilbao

http://uk.askmen.com/top_10/travel_t...l_top_ten.html

Here is an interesting link showing other beautiful museums !
http://flavorwire.com/306801/the-20-...s-in-the-world

I love what they did at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.
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Old May 6th, 2013, 12:26 AM   #10
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So has the US and nobody now has a museum with a better collection of important relics of the last hundred years in science and technology as well as those of earlier times in all categories that were available to be acquired during the 20th century.
The problem in the US is the short history of this country (besides the native americans who did not leave many things). Even regarding the fact that they bought many things in the last 100 years it is impossible to reach the numbers artifacts in european countrys (just the buildings itself for ex.) The Smithsonian complex is huge but round here nearly every bigger and small town has a remarkable museum with valuable artifacts.

As a Saxon I have to vote for the "Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden" (Dresden State Art Collections). It is one of the oldest museum institutions in the world and dates back to 16th century. It includes the "Gemäldegalerie Alter"- and "Neuer Meister", the "Grünes Gewölbe" (Green Vault), the "Rüstkammer" (Dresden Armory) and many more.

Residenzschloss

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...Schloss-gp.jpg

Japanisches Palais

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...s_Palais_6.jpg

Zwinger

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...jpg?uselang=de


http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...JPG?uselang=de

Semperbau

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...r_Panorama.jpg

Schloss Pillnitz

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...jpg?uselang=de

Lipsius Bau

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunsthalle_im_Lipsius-Bau

Albertinum

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...jpg?uselang=de
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I've only been to a few but I would have to say the Vatican Museums
It's absolutely a dream of mine to visit that place!
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Old May 6th, 2013, 09:13 AM   #12
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Of course ...

Musée du Louvre, Paris.


- the world's most visited museum
- the home of the world's most famous piece of art of all time
- one of the most recognizable museum in the world
- among the biggest collections in the world



Runner up :

- Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg
I've visited this one, the Palace is really impressive, proud imperial Russia
And the volunteers were really cool.

Bronze medalists :

- Museo del Prado, Madrid
- MoMA, New York

Chocolate medalists :

- Vatican Museums, Vatican
- Smithsonian Institute, Washington
- Centre Pompidou, Paris
- Guggenheim, New York
- Moscow State Historical Museum, Moscow
- Musée d'Orsay, Paris
- Museuminsel, Berlin


The top 10 by askmen :

10. Rijskmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
9. The State Hermitage, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
8. The Prado, Madrid, Spain
7. The Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA
6. Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt
5. The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
3. The British Museum, London, UK
2. The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Vatican
1. Le Louvre, Paris, France

Honorable mention : Guggenheim, Bilbao

http://uk.askmen.com/top_10/travel_t...l_top_ten.html

Here is an interesting link showing other beautiful museums !
http://flavorwire.com/306801/the-20-...s-in-the-world

I love what they did at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.
Got the chance to visit the Louvre Museum five years ago. The place is really amazing!
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Old May 6th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #13
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Louvre IMHO.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 01:16 AM   #14
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I don't believe in "best", maybe best at a certain aspect.
There really is only personal favourites IMO.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 09:21 AM   #15
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I don't believe in "best", maybe best at a certain aspect.
There really is only personal favourites IMO.
I respect your opinion. Which one is your favorite?
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Hard question to be answered.

The universal museum, meant to encompass all art forms, ages and cultures, is a typical byproduct of the encyclopaedical age. All the national (or kind if) museums between around 1750-1920 were born as universal museum (Louvre, British, Bode-Museum, the Met, the Vatican, the Hermitage, and so on).

Such museum is a repository of unique and irreplaceable pieces, which to some extent are shed new light by the sheer fact of being exposed in *that* place.
To visit a universal museum is some sort of a pilgrimage. Its art works are holy relics rather than didactical items.

Well, that age of universal museums is gone. Founding (and funding) a museum today has nothing to do with the exemplarity of and irreplaceableability of the museum experience.

Just like any other field in contemporary knowledge, even the museum is undergoing a deep process of specialisation.
The specialisd museum has always been the alternative mode to the universal one.

The Gallery of Art is the typical specialised museum. The Uffizi Gallery, the Prado, are two specialised museums. The Egyptian Museum, Cairo, is another collection devoted to one subject.

The three examples above are not random. They represent respectively the most important collection worldwide of Painting of the Renaissance (Uffizi) of Flemish and Spanish Painting (Prado), of Ancient Aegyptian Archaelogy.

I reckon the Capitoline Museums (facing the Fori) in Rome and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples are the most comprehensive collections of greek-roman art and archaeology.

There are many exaples more I could name. Like the Musée d'Orsay (painting of the 19th Century).

Both kind, universal museum and (comprehensive) specialised museum are great.

If you ask me, I like neither most.
I love those little museums started by few people within a particular community, actually, and widened step by step by the same community which received the original collection as a gift -and an accountable task- by the donor. These collections may also house real masterworks, but this is not the main reason why I love them.

The main reason is that they are part of the Landscape of the place they deal with.
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I respect your opinion. Which one is your favorite?
In terms of architecture? The Louvre is in a wonderful architectural complex of classical style mainly, but with great contemporary elements and with great practical solutions (especially the subterranean hall). For radical contemporary architecture for me it's the Riverside in Glasgow, by Zaha Hadid. Jean Nouvel's Quai Branly in Paris is more spectacular but it's not very practical, it's very tiring. For the best reconversion it's Tate Modern, which is stunning. And finally for the best exhibition space (so not actually a museum), I'd say Grand Palais of Paris, very versatile and with a stunning "crystal palace" type roof.

Of course, this is choosing from only what I have seen so far, which is nowhere near as much as I would like.

Other mentions; for classical architecture (in a winder sense), the Villa Borghese and the Capitoline museums in Rome, and the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. For reconversions, Orsay in Paris; for contemporary architecture, Centre Pompidou in Paris. For practical solutions, the historical museum of Barcelona, for the underground excavations turned museum space under the main square.
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el prado (madrid)

or guggenheim bilbao

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If it's a case of best museum for the architecture then I think New Museum of Contemporary Art by SANAA in New York is amazing. But if it's the content then the Louvre is definitely up there.







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Bilbao - design
Louvre, British Museum, Cairo Museum - content.
Honorable mention - Smithsonian.
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