Amazing Art and Architecture: The Top Museums of the World

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For art lovers and novices alike, there are a few gloriously beautiful museums around the world whose architecture and artwork-filled walls make them worth traveling for. Flavor Wire just did a recap of the top 20, and we're giving our nod to the top ten.

(10) At number 10 is the MAS Museum located in Antwerp, Belgium that was designed by Neutelings Riedijk. It is made of the most exquisite Indian red sandstone and has curved glass panel construction with themes within the museum ranging from Metropolis, Power, Life and Death to Antwerp’s extensive history as a major international port.

(9) Next is the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, which remains Canada’s largest museum of world culture and natural history.

(8) Denmark has its own little gem--- The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek. It is a milestone in Danish architecture and holds an extensive, permanent collection of modern as well as contemporary art ranging from World War II until modern day.

(7) The Modern Art Museum is definitely worth noting. Located in Forth Worth, Texas, this museum collects and presents post-World War II art in all forms of media.

(6) The elegant and enchanting Musee d’Orsay hailing from Paris, France earns a spot on this list. It sits on the left bank of the Siene and holds mostly French art, but is renowned for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces.

(5) Of course, there is the ever-famous Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain. It was designed by Frank Gehry and remains contemporary architecturally and exhibits the works of Spanish and international artists.

(4) Vietnam has its own treasure called the Hanoi Museum and was designed by GMP Architects. The Hanoi Museum showcases none other than Hanoi and Vietnam’s history, and what’s more remarkable is that the building itself resembles a reverse pyramid.

(3) Third is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art located in Kansas City, Missouri. It was entirely built of original limestone from the 1930s; later, Steven Holl designed the modern extension of the building. The architecture stands in all its neoclassical glory with an extensive collection of Asian art.

(2) The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia comes in second, being that it is one of the oldest museums in the world. Catherine the Great founded it in 1794. Not only is it absolutely spectacular with its antiquated architecture, but also it holds nearly 3 million pieces of art.

(1) The number one spot goes to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. This stunning museum was designed by I.M. Pei and holds true to Islamic architecture, maintaining itself to be oh so haute with its masterpieces spanning three continents ranging from the Middle East as far as Spain and India.

Source: FlavorWire; Pictured: Museum of Islamic Art

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