International Museum Day 2019: Best 5 Museums Around The World

Every year on 18 May International Museum Day is celebrated to spread awareness among people in respect of

  • cultural exchange,
  • development of mutual understanding. and
  • cooperation and peace among people.

Museum collects and preserves historical objects and religious materials having cultural and historical value. In short, it is a storehouse of old artefacts, sculptures, objects, history etc.

Museums play a prominent role in providing resources for education and provide many informative programs.

Many events are organized on this day in respect to the importance of museums by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). It is the main organization of museum professionals with an intention to promote and protect the natural and cultural heritage. It also fights against in respective fields like illicit trafficking, assisting museums in emergency situations etc.

On this day, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) across the country allows free entry to the general public in the museums. Some are Archaeological Museum in Purana Qila, Swatantrata Sangram Sanghralaya, Indian War Memorial Museum in Red Fort in Delhi and so on.

Best 5 Museums Around The World

  1. Louvre Museum, Paris, France

The most visited museum in the world which attracts more than 9.7 million visitors every year is the Louvre Museum in Paris. More than 35000 objects from the 6th century B.C to the 21st century are presented in this museum. The collection includes crown jewels, sculptures, old paintings and Egyptian antiquities.

  • Opening hours: Open all days except Tuesday, from 9 am to 6 pm.
  • Entry charge: No charge for visitors under 18.
  • Photography is allowed.


  • Provides clear information about ancient Egypt as this museum have a collection of 50000 artefacts from Nile civilizations.
  • The 21-meter tall Louvre pyramid, the main attraction, which is made of metal and glass serves as the entrance to Louvre museum.
  • Presents more than 7500 popular paintings from popular artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael.

2. National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C, USA

National Museum of Natural History is the most visited natural history museum around the world. It holds more than 120 million natural specimens. It serves as a home to the largest group of professional scientists dedicated to nature study.

  • Opening hours: All days from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
  • Entry charge: Free.
  • Photography is allowed.


  • This museum has a hall of human origin which displays how human originated in the world through hundreds of human fossils and artefacts.
  • This museum is regarded as the largest collection of marine specimens in the world as it displays more than 80 million marine specimens.

3. British Museum, London, England

This museum is specifically dedicated to human history and culture and is one of the oldest and greatest museums. It attracts more than 6 million visitors annually from all around the world.

  • Opening hours: Open Sunday to Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
  • Entry charge: Free.
  • Photography is allowed.


  • This museum has the most comprehensive collection of objects from the Greco-Roman world (from 3200 B.C to 4th century A.D).
  • Displays over 50000 drawings and two million prints and includes masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.
  • It has the outstanding illustration of cultures of Nile valley dating from 10000 B.C to 12th century A.D.

4. Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

Vatican Museums is the fifth most visited museums in the world with 5.5 million annual visitors. This museum is all about collection of sculptures, paintings collected by popes of Roman Catholic Church through different centuries. There are 54 galleries in total.

  • Opening hours: Open all days except Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Entry charge:  €18.
  • Photography is permitted in Vatican museums but is strictly prohibited in the official residence of the pope, Sistine Chapel.


  • Displays many ancient Greek and Roman sculptures.
  • The ceiling shows the figure of God touching the fingertip of Adam which is the most attractive part of the museum.
  • The chapel is famed with highly decorated interior materials.

5. National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C, USA

This museum holds the largest collection of aviation and historic spacecraft in the world. It is the most visited museum with 8 million annual visitors across the world.

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  • Opening hours: Except December 25, open every day, from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
  • Entry charge: Free.
  • Photography allows inside the museum (for personal use only)


  • Holds more than 60,000 objects in total ranges from microchips to rockets.
  • Collection of 1.75 million photographs and 14000 films with respect to space exploration (iconic moments).
  • Brings a closer view of different phases of Venus and craters of Moon through telescopes in the public observatory department.
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