There are hundreds of art galleries in every major city and town around the world, with new ones popping up every day. It can be hard to keep track of all the new ones and decide which ones are worth your time and money, but there are a few amazing galleries that any art lover should add to their list of places to visit before they die (or at least before they move out of town). We’ve narrowed down our top five favorite art galleries and listed them below! These galleries will leave you in awe and inspire you to create your own masterpiece.
1) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (also known as The Met) is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the most prestigious art museums worldwide. It is one of the largest art galleries in North America and hosts exhibits on more than 5,000 years of world history.
Visitors will find paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet; decorative arts including porcelain from China’s Qing dynasty; ancient Egyptian antiquities; sculptures from Michelangelo, Rodin and other great artists; textiles with garments from Africa and Oceania that are rarely seen outside their countries of origin. The two-story Great Hall displays 36 marble statues based on Michelangelo’s original designs for The Rebellious Slave commissioned by Pope Julius II for the Tomb of Pope Julius II.
There are special exhibitions throughout the year, which cost $25-$30 and last about 2 hours, but there is always something worth seeing at any time. New York City has many hidden gems like Socrates Sculpture Park and Queens Museum of Art. If you have the money to spare, check out what MoMA has going on before you go! It is located on 53rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.
The museum charges an admission fee of $25 for adults, $17 for seniors 62+, free for children 12 and under. Admission is pay-what-you wish after 4:00 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays from September through May 18:00 p.m., Tuesdays 6:00 p.m., Thursdays all day except Dec 20th – Jan 3rd.
2) The Getty Center
The Getty Center is located in Los Angeles, California and it was established by the J. Paul Getty Trust. The museum is noted for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking the Pacific. It consists of two buildings that offer a range of artistic and cultural exhibitions from ancient Roman sculptures to contemporary multimedia displays.
Visitors can also enjoy special programs like lectures, concerts, films, theater performances and more. Musee d’Orsay: The Musee d’Orsay is situated on the left bank of the Seine River in Paris. It houses over 100,000 paintings from 1848-1914 including many pieces from French Impressionists such as Monet and Renoir.
It was once a train station, but now visitors can see artworks with international influences such as Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The Musée Rodin is another gallery worth visiting; this one offers 19th century sculptures which include works by Rodin himself. Finally, visit the National Gallery of Canada if you’re looking for historical artwork and other European artwork with themes ranging from medieval portraits to modernism landscapes.
There are over 8,500 paintings on display with an emphasis on Canadian artists such as the Group of Seven. Another must-see is their collections of Aboriginal artifacts, Inuit sculpture, totem poles and masks. As well as these permanent collections there are temporary exhibits coming up so make sure to keep your eye out for those!
3) The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most well-known art museums in the world. It features a vast collection that ranges from ancient artifacts, sculptures, and paintings. If you’re looking for an institution that will amaze your eyes, this is it.
#1: The Duveen Gallery was named after American businessman J.P. Morgan’s private art dealer with the intention of being one of the largest private galleries on Earth! It houses over 5,000 pieces of European artwork spanning centuries. When you visit the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., make sure to have your camera ready because portraits are everywhere! In fact, the museum has collected over 100 works by John Singer Sargent – one of America’s most famous painters who once said I don’t want any pictures about my walls that I can’t walk up to.
#2: The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses some of the most impressive exhibitions, such as French Impressionist paintings by Monet and Degas, Roman statues dating back to 250 A.D., Egyptian antiquities including the headless statue known as Amun-Ra, and a breathtaking collection of Asian art.
#3: The MoMA has been influencing contemporary culture since 1929 when its founder Abby Aldrich Rockefeller first opened her home to artists outcasts. Every year it welcomes more than four million visitors who come to see everything from Jackson Pollock’s Number One and Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans, to Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair.
#4: The Tate Modern gallery was founded in 2000 as part of a modernization project backed by British Rail which led to the conversion of an oil tank into a beautiful modern art gallery. It’s an amazing place to be if you love photography, film or other media-based work. The Walker Art Center has a new exhibition every three months and offers family programming every Saturday during the summer. Check out what they’ve got planned for their upcoming exhibit entitled LA Freewaves: California Light & Sound Artists in 2014!
4) The Louvre
The Louvre, which is the most visited museum in the world, houses over 30,000 pieces of art including one of the most famous works of art ever – Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The Louvre not only has a lot of beautiful art to see but it also holds a significant history. Its architecture was designed by Italian architect I.M. Pei and was initially constructed as a fortress before becoming an exhibition space for royal collections within the royal palace.
Visitors will find more than paintings on display here: sculptures, architectural drawings, furniture, jewelry and more are on display as well. The building itself is worth seeing with its large glass pyramid that sits at the entrance and its spiral courtyard inside. Musee d’Orsay: A gallery that has a long list of impressionist artists including Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Musee d’Orsay opened in 1986 as an annex to the Orsay Museum where these artists’ work had been shown previously.
The gallery is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay train station and this location provides amazing views of Paris. It contains over 10,000 square meters (11,111 square yards) of floor space. In addition to being home to many famous French painters, the museum also has sculpture gardens, archives and other facilities.
When you visit, make sure you take your time because there is so much artwork on display. Plan your trip around the hours they are open, which are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm and closed Mondays and Tuesdays. There is no admission fee to enter Musee d’Orsay!
5) The National Gallery of Art
Located just off the National Mall, this gallery houses an extensive collection of art from different periods and cultures that are displayed beautifully within a chronological progression. The museum features a complete copy of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and it also has a number of Impressionist paintings.
Admission is free and takes just about an hour to tour through the entire museum, so it’s worth taking the time for some culture during your D.C. vacation! National Museum of Women in the Arts: Another wonderful place for people who enjoy female artists’ work, as it hosts galleries filled with modern art made by women.
There are pieces on display that feature everything from traditional craft techniques to digital media arts. It’s a great place to learn more about the past and future of the feminist movement. Plus, it’s free and open until 7pm on Fridays, which means you can spend plenty of time looking at all of the artwork before heading out to explore more after dark.
Blanton Museum of Art: Housed at University of Texas in Austin, this museum showcases over 6,000 works from various periods and mediums that were gathered together into one massive art space for visitors to see. Highlights include works by many American masters such as Frederic Church, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe. They also have interactive displays where children (and adults) can paint their own creations alongside professional artists.