Visiting museums around the world lets you uncover ancient art and discover history right in front of your eyes. The best museums allow you to walk away with a greater understanding of a subject and a fresh perspective on the world. But we know there’s so much more to the best museums in the world than just framed paintings on a wall. Some of the greatest museums in the world are dedicated to things that can’t be brushed onto canvas, like human connection, precious metals, and even food. Follow along as we uncover the best museums in the world to visit on our tours.
The legend of El Dorado lured many explorers to South America with tales of a city made of gold. Europeans never found the city, but the over 30,000 pieces of gold tell an even greater story of pre-Hispanic Colombia, making this one of the best museums in the world.
“There is so much incredible art and history dating back from 10,000 BCE to the present,” said Go Ahead staffer Tom. “I spent probably four hours inside and did not see everything that I wanted to see.” Don’t miss the Quimbaya Poporo artifact on display, a religious ceremonial vase from the 4th-century. Visit the Museum of Gold on a Customized Tour, or add an independent post-stay on tour. to keep exploring beautiful Colombia.
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The Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the most anticipated museum openings of the 21st century. Slated to open in November 2022, it will be the largest archaeological museum in the world. Rare Egyptian antiquities will be on display for the first time, like the entirety of the contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb, making this one of the top museums in the world. This museum also makes our list of the 5 brand-new attractions open to travel in 2022.
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Want to discover how ramen noodle soup got its start? Eat your way through the history of Japanese ramen noodles at the Ramen Museum. This museum is also a food court and a recreation of Tokyo in 1958, the year instant noodles were invented in Japan. Vendors here offer mini ramens so you can try some from every region of Japan, making this one of the tastiest—and best—museums in the world. Visit the Ramen Museum during free time on tour in Japan.
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Now here’s a museum that’s as bright as your future luck at the casino. The neon lights of Vegas have enchanted travelers to the desert since the 1950s as a place to let loose and strike it big. Unravel the stories of this iconic American city through its impressive neon signs. You’ll find the old monumental neon signs of the Stardust and Sahara casinos where the Rat Pack used to frequent. The more than two acres of neon American history make this one of the top museums in the world. Visit the Neon Sign Museum during free time on tour in Las Vegas.
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People from all over the world donated mementos of past relationships to create one of the best museums in the world. “The place itself is just filled with emotion,” said Go Ahead staffer Mauro. Don’t think you want to visit a museum so cynical? You’ll enter ready to find viles of tears (yes, really) and leave with a newfound appreciation of the capacity for human connection. “Each item on display tells a different, interesting story, and some even date back hundreds of years!” said Go Ahead staffer Andrea. Visit the museum during free while on tour in Zagreb.
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Situated on the southernmost point of Australia on the island of Tasmania, MONA stands for Museum of Old and New Art. This one-of-a-kind museum is the closest you’ll get to dreaming while awake. With massive, state-of-the-art installations, MONA transports you to other worlds. Don’t miss the exhibit Field Lines, where artist Cameron Robbins translates natural forces into art. Using water from the River Derwent beneath the gallery floor, hydraulics drive a pen to trace the waters movement. This provocative, contemporary art museum on the edge of the world is well worth the trek. Visit MONA on a Customized Tour.
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Wanna get away? Also known as the Livingston Island Museum, this pre-fabricated hut earned its nickname from a bad winter storm that caused the structure’s support legs to be damaged. Established by the first Bulgarian Antarctic expedition in 1988, the museum (which is also the post office and radio station) displays scientific artifacts and is considered a branch of the National Museum of History in Sofia, Bulgaria. Have the chance to visit the Lame Dog Hut for yourself while on tour in Antarctica.
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