Top 10 Art Galleries in the World

Updated: Feb 21

Art is a way of expressing who we are and art galleries are a medium of bringing it forth. They have been instrumental in inducing the concealed and mysterious essence of ancient existence by acknowledging and preserving its value. Certainly, had it not been for art galleries, we wouldn't have realized the depth of cultural richness and vibrancy. Not only, visiting art galleries have nurtured out creative heads but also acted as a gateway to art education.

Fun Fact : Recent studies have proved that visiting art galleries can sharpen your memory.

1) Louvre Museum

Location : Paris, France

Established : 10th August, 1973

Architect : Pierre Lescot, Louis Le Vau, Claude Perrault

Ticket Price : €0–17

Originally built as the Louvre castle, Louvre museum is the world's  largest art museum  and a historic monument in  Paris ,  France . Started in 1793, has collection of about 38,000 objects in eight specific departments for display including the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. It was established in the 12th century during the reign of Philip Augustus.

Fun fact : It would take 100 consecutive days to see all the art work if you were to spend 30 seconds on each art work without sleeps, breaks or mealtime!

2) National Gallery

Location : Central London, UK.

Established : 1824

Architect : Penise Scott Brown, William Wilkins

Ticket Price : Free

The National Gallery has collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900 including Arnolfini Portrait by Jan Van Eyck and The Great Bathers by Paul Cézanne. In 2019, it was the most visited museum in the world. It is owned by the British government depicting the story of European art. Lack of space has been the major obstacle which later led to the foundation of Tate gallery.

Fun fact : You will be surprised to know that you can gaze at such a huge collection of art

works without spending a penny!

3) Tate Modern

Location : London, UK.

Established : 1879

Architect : Herzog and De Meuron

Ticket Price : Free

Tate Modern  is a Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art. It was initially founded as the National Gallery of British art but later, when it included modern art, it was renamed as the The Tate Gallery. Opened in the year 2000 holds artwork from 1900 to the present day. The gallery showcases works including Marilyn Diptych by Andy Warhol and Nude Woman with Necklace by Pablo Picasso.

Fun fact : Unlike other museums, Tate modern have arranged their artwork according to

themes and not chronology. They also change their themes from time to time!

4)  Art Institute of Chicago

Location : Chicago, USA.

Established : 1879

Architect : Renzo Piano

Ticket Price : USD 19-25

It is located in  Chicago 's  Grant Park . It hosts more than 30 special exhibitions yearly, also has a conservation science department, five conservation laboratories, and one of the largest art history and architecture libraries. It is the second largest museum in US after Metropolitan museum of Art. Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day and Grant Wood's American Gothic, are among the Institute's massive collection.

Fun fact : It was founded by a group of 35 artists with a motive of running a free school with its own art gallery.

5) Musée d'Orsay

Location : Paris, France.

Established : 1986

Architect : Gae Aulenti, Victor Laloux, Emile Bernard

Ticket Price : €14

The Musée d'Orsay was opened on the grounds of an old railway station. Directorate of the museum of France came up with the idea to turn it into a museum and laid its foundation. It was built for the Universal exhibition of 1900. It possesses notable artworks in France, like sculptures by Auguste Rodin and paintings by Paul Gauguin, Monet, Renoir.

Fun fact : It has 35,000sq m of glass (which is equivalent to five football fields) so as to

brighten up the interior.

6) Rijksmuseum

Location : Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Established : 1800

Architect : Pierre Cuypers

Ticket Price : €17.50 for adults and free for children under 18.

The Rijksmuseum is a  Dutch   national museum dedicated to arts and history in  Amsterdam . Founded in The Hague in 1800, The Rijksmuseum then moved to Amsterdam in 1808. The collection consists of one million objects dedicated to art and history, by famous artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.

Fun fact : It is the only museum in the world with a road in it!

7) Acropolis Museum

Location : Athens, Greece.

Established : 2009

Architect : Bernard Tschumi

Ticket Price : €20

The Acropolis Museum is an  archaeological museum  focused on the findings of the

archaeological site of the  Acropolis of Athens . It is under the control of Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Located in the historic area of Makriyianni, the museum was founded in 1976 and houses nearly 4,000 sculptures and antiquities. It has been awarded the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Award of Excellence and Sustainability.

Fun fact : The museum has tall glass facades on each side so that visitors can see the

Acropolis while they are inside it.

8) Moderna Museet

Location : Stockholm, Sweden