For those who love history and culture, visiting a museum is a must when you’re in a new city. Entering a museum is delving into another culture, (re)discovering history, and being swept away by works of art, sculptures and paintings we can only see in books or online…
Visiting a museum while on holiday, on a weekend getaway or during a business trip brings a different flavour to your travels, creating an experience of immeasurable value. With this in mind, following are some of the most famous museums found in Europe. Many of these museums have free admission – and all are just one flight away from the city of Faro.
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Louvre, Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay, Rodin and Musée de l’Orangerie
The most visited museum in Europe (and the world!) is in Paris. Of course, we are talking about the Louvre, the home of the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The Louvre hosts around 8 million tourists every year (!), and features a number of iconic works. From prehistory to modern times, it houses the works of famous painters and artists such as Michelangelo, Vermeer, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. Tip: The Louvre offers free admission on the first Sunday of each month from October to March. Paris has many other high-calibre museums besides the Louvre. Whenever you’re in Paris, be sure to visit the Pompidou. The d’Orsay, Rodin and Orangerie museums are highly renowned, and also offer free admission on the first Sunday of each month.
London, United Kingdom
British Museum, National Gallery, Science Museum, Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Museum of Natural History
The British Museum is the most famous in the country, and the second most visited in Europe. And it’s no wonder: its collection has around 8 million items. The British Museum is also known as being the home to the world’s biggest collection of Egyptian artefacts, including more than 140 mummies. Along with the British Museum, London – a true cultural centre in and of itself – is the home of the National Gallery, Science Museum, Tate Modern (as well as the Tate Britain) and the Museum of Natural History, among others. The only hard part will be choosing! You may also like to know… All of the museums shown here are free of charge!
Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House
In Amsterdam, you can find the Rijksmuseum, one of the world’s most famous museums. Loaded with lots of culture and art, at the Rijksmuseum you can enjoy a vast collection of paintings, prints, drawings and other Dutch works. There is also a section dedicated to Asian art.
The city of Amsterdam is also quite famous for the Van Gogh Museum, which features works of the iconic and famous Dutch painter. For lovers of history from the years 1930 to 1945, an afternoon at the house museum of Anne Frank will be certainly interesting: delve into the biographical history of Anne Frank, and see some of the personal and household objects from when she and her family lived here during World War II.
Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Pergamon Museum, Old National Gallery, Bode Museum and Berlin Wall Memorial
Along with being a large-scale museum in and of itself, the city of Berlin has incredible galleries and locations completely different from those found in Portuguese lands. In the city centre, you can find the Museum Island, also called Museumsinsel. This group of museums is one of Europe’s most visited destinations, and has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With five different museums, you’re guaranteed to find incredible objects and pieces of art. From classical to post-modern art from Germany, Europe and the world, you can also explore other areas and historical periods – all of these museums are unforgettable!
- Altes Museum
- Neues Museum
- Pergamon Museum
- Old National Gallery
- Bode Museum
Along with the museums at the Museumsinsel, you can also hop over to the museum of the Berlin Wall Memorial. An unforgettable trip… at no charge!
Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Ah… Madrid. One of our favourite cities when it comes to museums. If you’re around Madrid, be sure to visit the Golden Triangle of Art. In this district, you will find the famous Prado Museum, the incredible Reina Sofia Museum and the unforgettable Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
At the Prado Museum you will find paintings, sculptures and works dedicated to Spanish history, and can get a first-hand look at the works of major artists such as Velázquez, Goya and El Greco. The Prado Museum has free admission from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Monday to Saturday, and from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Sundays. The Reina Sofia Museum is just as interesting: it hosts around 3 million tourists each year, and has priceless works, such as Picasso’s Guernica. The Reina Sofia Museum offers free admission after 1:30 PM on Sundays, and after 7:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Last but not least, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is known for its vast collection of paintings by European artists, including classic works of Claude Monet and others. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has free admission between 12:00 and 4:00 PM on Mondays
From the Faro Airport, you can visit these and more than 70 destinations throughout Europe, all of which are just one direct flight away. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags… all of these museums are waiting for you out there!