Art History & the Europe List: Top Art Museums for the Ages

Art History & the Europe List: Top Art Museums for the Ages

Did anyone else get the joy and privilege of lugging Gardner's Art Through the Ages across their college campus? It honestly weighed nearly 10 pounds—and is still on my bookshelf, six moves and well over 10 years later.

Starting with the most expensive book I've ever bought, five semesters of art history courses covered a lot of ground. To say I've seen a lot of famous art (but not really seen it) would be accurate. I love finding some of my favorites on display around the United States in museum collections and touring exhibits, but a lot of famous historical art is found mostly in Europe.

Art History & the Europe List: Top Art Museums for the Ages

Getting the chance to go back to Europe for a second time later this year, I'm in full-on planning mode to see a lot of great art in person. So far on the list...

London, UK:
National Gallery
Victoria & Albert Museum
British Library & Museum

Paris, France:
Musée d'Orsay 
Musée de l'Orangerie
Centre Pompidou

Vienna, Austria:
Schönbrunn Palace
Vienna State Opera 
Haus der Musik
Mozarthaus Vienna Museum

And while I had the chance to visit for the first time last spring, here's my top ten favorite art museums to visit in Italy:

Venice, Italy:
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Basilica
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Florence, Italy:
Uffizi Gallery
Pallazzo Vecchio
Galleria dell'Accademia

Rome, Italy:
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
Museo Nazionale Romano
Vatican Museums

Some listed aren't specifically art museums, but are covered in the work of the greats and top my favorites.

Any fellow lover-of-the-arts tips or must-dos on a tight timeline? I'd love to hear your recommendations!



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