There are always long lines at the door but it’s worth the wait to see the world’s greatest and most famous museum. Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa is the star, but there are literally thousands of other treasures of human civilization, from Egypt, Asia, ancient Greece and Rome.

The Hermitage

This gigantic museum has the world’s largest collection of paintings. It’s a stunning place, covering the history of the world from the Stone Age to present times, and especially impressive are the Golden Rooms with their golden gems.

The British Museum

This museum has millions of works of art from all over the world. Its galleries are devoted to Egypt, Greece, Roman civilization, Asia, Africa, and medieval Europe, tracing human history and culture. The highlight is the Elgin Marbles that once decorated the Parthenon in Athens.

The Egyptian Museum

As you’d expect, here you’ll find the most complete collection of Egyptian art in the world. Among the thousands of treasures (which includes the popular Mummy Room) are the famous artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb.


This 16th century palace holds hundreds of masterpieces, including marvelous Renaissance sculptures and Botticelli’s famous Birth of Venus, among other much-recognized masterworks of the Renaissance.

The Vatican Museums

It’s a series of exhibition spaces filled with priceless treasures that blow visitors away by their grandeur and beauty. The highlight is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.