Art is a very subjective matter. What some people may love, others will undoubtedly hate. Whatever your favorite style, whether it’s modern art, impressionism, abstract, surrealism or renaissance art, some art galleries simply stand above the rest, or are in places so special, the art is almost irrelevant. These outstanding art galleries around the world are sure to impress even the most astute of critics, while delighting any traveler with an affinity for amazing visuals…

a glass pyramid in front of a buildingThe Louvre, Paris

An attraction to anyone visiting Paris, even if they don’t appreciate the art! The building itself is one of Paris’ most famous landmarks, designed by the inimitable I. M. Pei. Top that with having some of the world’s most recognized artworks, including the Mona Lisa, and this is an absolute must.

Price of entry: €15

Also a must in Paris: Musée d’Orsay

MOMA, New York

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to art galleries in New York. The Met may stand out as first choice, and you should definitely go – but the MOMA is outstanding. With some Warhol, Matisse, Van Gogh, Klimt, Jackson Pollock and  many more wonders on display, it’s easy to spend hours in there. For a great end to a cultural day, head downstairs to The Modern for an amazing Michelin Star dinner.

Price of entry: $25

Also a must in New York: Frick Collection

Museo del Prado with columns and a statue in front of itMuseo del Prado, Madrid

Madrid is a cultural masterpiece and the Museo Del Prado is no different. Known for having one of the best collections of European art and in particular Spanish art, including many works by the one and only Francisco Goya, unquestionably one of the most famous Spanish painters, there’s no doubt that The Prado sits comfortably as one of the World’s finest galleries.

Price of entry: €15

Also a must in Madrid: Museo Reina Sofia

National Gallery, London

One of the many incredible things about London, is that most galleries and museums offer free entry – so there’s absolutely no excuse but to visit. And with so many splendid options, your free day of art mastery may never end. The National Gallery has one of the most immense collections of iconic art in the world as well as wonderful temporary exhibitions. At the moment, there is an exhibition allowing visitors to witness over 75 of Monet’s paintings together for the very first time.

Price of entry: FREE

Also a must in London: Courtauld Gallery

Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

This incredible museum is one of the largest in the world, so bring your running shoes. Spread over hundreds of rooms and multiple buildings, navigation may prove as confusing as the true meaning of some of the more impressionist works. However, with the impressive collection of some of the world’s most famous artists, it is well worth exploring it all, no matter how long it takes.

Price of entry: 700rub($11.25)

Also a must in Saint Petersburg: Street Art Museum

a painting of a bedroomVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most well-known artists in the world and has had immeasurable impact on others. The museum holds the largest collection of his works, including ‘Sunflowers’, ‘The Bedroom’ and ‘The Potato Eaters’ and is nothing short of captivating. And for a perfectly planned day, you’ll find the Rijksmuseum nearby, which is also a must visit whilst in Amsterdam. Amsterdam also offers one of the best package deals with the iAmsterdam pass, which saves a fortune on museum entry fees.

Price of entry: €18

Also a must in Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

This gallery is home to the largest collection, and some of the most important, works of the Renaissance; including Michelangelo himself, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. If you’re a fan of renaissance art and you haven’t been, this should be your next trip, plus you’ll be in Florence! Some might say this museum is worth the trip alone, not that Italy ever requires too much persuasion.

Price of entry: €20

Also a must in Florence: Palazzo Pitti

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Home to one of the largest permanent collections in the United States, this is a highly under appreciated museum. The Art Institute has a particularly excellent showing of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, Japanese prints, contemporary art and photography.

Price of entry: $25

Also a must in Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art

What’s your favorite gallery?


Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. While not technically just an art Gallery I would add the Vatican Museum, I would also give the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese) at least honorable mention.

  2. I favor the Chicago Art Institute because a) You don’t have to fly across the ocean to see it, b) It has a much more varied collection than MOMA. c) They have a fantastic impressionist exhibit. d) It’s an excuse to go to Chicago.

  3. I love art galleries… but just visited The Louvre for now 🙂 still a lot to see! But that a great news, still a lot of trips to organise! Sylvain

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