Whether you’re a history buff, a science nerd or a literature geek, there is always great pleasure to be found in a museum. While to some museums seem like big boring buildings filled with old stuff, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Indeed, there is nothing boring about a good museum.
Museums provide the key to unlocking the mysteries of the past. They exhibit artefacts so astounding that we couldn’t even have imagined they existed. It is impossible to walk through a museum without at least a vague sense of awe and without feeling like you have learnt something.
But, there are a lot of museums around and not all of them were made equal. So, let’s take a look at some of the best.
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Immense in size and full of spectacular exhibitions, the V&A is one of London’s most revered museums. The museum boasts over 4.5 million objects in its permanent collection – including furniture, jewellery, sculptures, fashion and more. Notable features include the vast array of evening gowns that chronicle royal fashion through the ages and a room full of ancient statues and ceramics. After extensive restoration in recent years, the V&A is looking better than ever so be sure to put it on your to-see list.
Museum Island, Berlin
While not technically a museum in its own right, Museum Island offers a fantastic opportunity for visitors to get clued up about a range of different things. The island sits in the heart of the German capital and features five incredible museums. It’s a good idea to buy a pass for all five so you can enjoy the experience to its fullest. The museums include treasures from the Middle East, a classical collection from Egyptian times and a range of amazing sculptures.
War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Ming City
Everyone has heard about the Vietnam War but surprisingly few actually know any of the details of this war. Unlike WWI and WWII, the Vietnam War is rarely studied in schools so it is up to the individual to find out what they can about what happened. The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) provides a detail account of the horrors that took place on Vietnamese soil during that controversial war. While the information may come across as one-sided, it provides a completely different view of the war than that which is commonly held in the USA.
Museum of Gold, Bogota
The Museum of Gold (Museo del Oro in Spanish) is one of the highlights of Colombia. The artefacts on display here date back to Pre-Columbian times and show what life was like for the indigenous people of Colombia before the Spanish conquest. Pottery, textiles and sculptures are all exhibited in the numerous rooms of the museum, each telling a story. These bear testament to the culture and beliefs of a bygone civilisation. The museum was expanded in 2008 and houses five permanent collection rooms.
National Air and Space Museum, Washington
Space is a hot topic at the moment with all the goings on at SpaceX and Elon Musk’s exciting plans for inter-planetary living. But, how much do we actually know about space travel? Or even just air travel? This museum houses the largest collection of aircrafts and spacecrafts in the world and will open your eyes to just how much progress we are making in this realm. You are bound to be awe-struck by what you see here.