One of the main visits when we travel is usually the museums in the cities we go to. It is the most cultural part of all, and in them we can enjoy art, exhibitions and the history of that or other civilizations. Today there are museums of all kinds, but today we will talk about the European museums essential when traveling.
If you are one of those who are always looking for cultural routes, one who loves art and loves to walk among works, these are the places you must visit. Some of them have free admission, others are only free on some days. We are talking about the most important European museums, those in which the best and most important works of art are found.
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Museo del Prado
The Prado Museum, the most important in Spain, was opened in 1819. There is a great collection of the best artists of all time. El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, Bosco, Titian or Rubens. In its galleries there are works that attract tourists from all over the world. 'The Garden of Delights' by Bosco, 'The Three Graces' by Rubens, 'Las Meninas' by Velázquez or 'The Executions' by Goya among many others.
Visits to the Prado Museum are made after paying the entrance fee. There are several rates, reduced for people over 65, large families or young people. It is also possible to save if you take bonuses of two tickets a year, for example. Before visiting the museum we can enter its website and anticipate exhibitions itinerant that we can see. Guided tours and courses are also organized.
Reina Sofía Museum
If we want to know more about contemporary art in Spain, we must go to the Reina Sofía. The good thing about being in Madrid is that we can visit the three main museums with one ticket. The Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-bornemisza, so that it is much cheaper. The Reina Sofía is based in the old Madrid Hospital, a neoclassical building located in the Atocha area. In this museum, the works of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró or Salvador Dalí. Different works of modern movements are also exhibited, such as surrealism, cubism or expressionism, with authors such as Francis Bacon or Juan Gris.
We left Spain to go to France, to one of the most visited museums in the world. We refer to the Louvre, which is also located in the Louvre Palace, which was an old fortress. The museum was inaugurated at the end of the XNUMXth century and every year it receives more visitors. In the eighties the famous glass pyramid was created, which today is the one that appears representing the museum in many photographs. In the museum we find works as important as the 'Gioconda' of Leonardo da Vinci, 'Liberty Leading the People' by Delacroix or sculptures such as 'The Venus de Milo' of Ancient Greece or the 'Seated Scribe' of Ancient Egypt. It is a very large museum, with many rooms and in which there are usually many people. Art lovers can spend hours touring it, for the rest it is interesting to see the main works. You have to pay entry although minors enter free.
Museo Van Gogh
The Van Gogh Museum is located in Amsterdam, and is the most visited in the city. If you are fans of the artist who cut off his ear in a crisis, you will surely have to stop by this museum. Shows his paintings, drawings and letters. The paintings are in chronological order, so that we can better appreciate the evolution of the artist. On the second floor there are investigations about the artist's paintings and on the third there are works from the XNUMXth century. You can buy a normal ticket or one for the guided tour, which has priority entry and skip-the-line.
The Vatican Museums are the places with artistic value that belong to the church and they are in Vatican City. There are a large number of museums, such as the Egyptian Gregorian Museum, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Nicolina Chapel, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Pavilion of the Coaches or the Sistine Chapel, among others. In his gallery we can find works such as 'The Descent from the Cross' by Caravaggio or 'San Jerónimo' by Leonardo da Vinci. The work of the Sistine Chapel is one of the most visited places and it is undoubtedly what not to be missed in all these Vatican Museums.
The British Museum is mostly free, only having to pay for some exhibits. It is one of the most important in the world and also one of the oldest. There is a lot to see in this museum, with works from Egypt, Rome, Ancient Greece, and other civilizations. The Rosetta Stone It is one of its great attractions, and it is that from it the Egyptian hieroglyphs could be deciphered. But there is much more, with many rooms dedicated to various topics, with an area with shops, books and a cafeteria. A place to spend the whole afternoon between works.