Did Your Favorite Museum Make Our List? No big city vacation is complete without a visit to a beautiful museum. Our favorite collections combine great locations—like Central Park, central Paris, or the Pacific Coast—with iconic, inspiring works of art. Budget Travel Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015, 8:00 AM The Louvre museum, in Paris, was once a fortress, then a palace, before it housed one of the world's most beautiful art collections. (Europhotos / Dreamstime.com) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Did Your Favorite Museum Make Our List?

No big city vacation is complete without a visit to a beautiful museum. Our favorite collections combine great locations—like Central Park, central Paris, or the Pacific Coast—with iconic, inspiring works of art.

  • The Louvre, Paris
  • Louvre Museum
  • Louve Museum, Paris
  • The Getty Center in Los Angeles, Calif
  • The Getty Center - Los Angeles
  • The Getty Research Center - Los Angeles
  • NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Temple of Dendur in Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Great Hall
  • Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg
  • Ancient art in State Hermitage. Saint Petersburg
  • Interior of State Hermitage. Saint Petersburg
  • Courtyard of Vatican Museum
  • Staircases of the Vatican Museums
  • Archway in the Vatican Museums
  • Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, London
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Art Gallery
  • Victoria and Albert Musuem
  • The British Museum in London
  • British Museum London England
  • British museum in London
  • Art Institute of Chicago - the Modern Wing.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Art Institute of Chicago - the Modern Wing.
  • Guggenheim Musem, NYC
  • Ceiling of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City
  • The Guggenheim, New York City
  • Moma museum, New York
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • MOMA interior
  • The National Gallery, Washington DC
  • National Gallery of Art , Washington DC
  • East Building of the US National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
  • Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
  • Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
  • Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam

The Louvre museum, in Paris, was once a fortress, then a palace, before it housed one of the world's most beautiful art collections.

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The Louvre features more oh-I-recognize-that pieces of art than any other museum in the world.

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Even the architecture at the Louvre is eye-catching and beautiful.

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The J. Paul Getty collection in Los Angeles is a relative youngster among beautiful museums founded in the 1970s.

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The Getty combines old-world art with views of the Pacific Ocean.

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The Getty's design is as inspiring as its art collection.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, houses the largest art collection in the U.S.

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The Met's Temple of Dendur is a favorite of visitors.

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The Great Hall at the Met features fresh flower displays that change with the seasons.

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The Hermitage, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was founded by Catherine the Great.

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The Hermitage combines ancient collections with masterpieces of European art.

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The Hermitage occupies several buildings that were once part of the Russian emperors' property.

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The Vatican Museums, in Vatican City, offer one of the most extensive art collections on earth.

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Staircases of the Vatican Museums.

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A noteworthy archway in the Vatican Museums.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum in the Kensington neighborhood of London.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum is a magnet for art and history buffs.

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London's Victoria and Albert Museum is named for its long-reigning 19th-century queen and her husband, Prince Albert.

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The British Museum in London boasts a collection drawn from Britain's colonial history.

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Detail of the facade of the British Museum, with the bas reliefs on its top entrance and its ionic columns.

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Admission to the British Museum is free!

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The Art Institute of Chicago's modern wing.

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The Art Institute of Chicago is located in Grant Park.

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Another view of the Art Institute of Chicago's imaginatively designed modern wing.

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The Guggenheim in New York City has one of the most distinctive designs of any structure in the world.

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The ceiling of the Guggenheim is worth a neck-craning look up.

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The Guggenheim is just up the avenue from the Met, part of New York City's famed Museum Mile.

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The Museum of Modern Art, in New York City, traces the evolution of art from the 19th century to the present day.

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MOMA draws crowds to its retrospective exhibitions, films, and other events.

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Recent expansions have created more space to show the extensive collection at MOMA.

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The pyramid of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC.

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The west building at the National Gallery of Art.

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The dramatic facade of the National Gallery's east building.

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The garden at the Van Gogh Museum, in Amsterdam, draws visitors year-round, but especially in spring.

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There's always a bustle in Museum Square, with the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum to attract the crowds.

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The Van Gogh Museum is a memorial to the distinctive artist whose work heavily influenced 20th-century modernism.

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