Europe’s museums are steeped in history and filled with literally millions of priceless pieces of art. Wherever your travels take you this summer, a stunning and awe-inspiring museum is apt to be nearby. The following is a list of the most noteworthy and a link to their mobile apps to guide your way:

The Louvre Museum, Paris

The Louvre Museum, Paris

Le Louvre

The Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa, da Vinci - Louvre Museum, Paris

With 8 million visitors a year, The Louvre is the most well-known and most visited museums in the world.  Housed in what was once a royal palace, the museum has a collection which spans eight thematic areas and features 35,000 works of art.  The most famous of these is Leonardo da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa, which is generally surrounded by camera-wielding tourists.  The museum first opened its doors in 1793 and has been in a state of recreation ever since culminating with the addition of the now famous glass pyramid which serves as the main entrance.  The Louvre’s official free app can be found at:

Other museums of note in Paris are: Centre Georges Pompidou (Modern Art), Musee d’Orsay (Classic and Modern Art), and the Rodin Museum (Rodin’s scultpure and collection)

The British Museum, London

Egyptian Artifacts at the British Museum

Entrance to the British museum

Knowledge is Free

British Museum

The British Museum is the history and culture of humanity in one building.  It has over 8 million objects in its permanent collection and is among the most comprehensive collections in existence. The museum also has the largest museum online database of objects numbering over 2 million which is free to access.  Created in 1753, the museum’s collection moves from pre-historic to modern times.  Visitor favorites include the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and Parthenon sculptures. A comprehensive app for The British Museum can be found here:

Other museums of note in London are: The Tate Modern (Modern Art), The National Gallery (European masterpieces), Victoria and Albert Museum (Art and Design)

The Uffizi Gallery, Florence


Venus on the Half-Shell


The Uffizi welcomes over a million visitors a year and is one of the oldest and most famous art galleries in the Western world.  While its collection spans through the 1100s to the last century, the majority of its collection is from the Renaissance period and features works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, among many others.  The most well known work housed at The Uffizi is Botticelli’s, Birth of Venus.  The official Uffizi Gallery app can be found at:

Other museums of note in Florence are: The Accademia Gallery (home to Michelangelo’s The David), Palatina Gallery (Modern Art), Medici Chapels (Michelangelo sculpture)

The Prado Museum, Madrid

Prado Museum, Madrid

Museo del Prado

Touristic Attraction, Madrid, Spain, Prado Museum work of art

With 7,600 paintings and 1,000 sculptures, The Prado is one of the leading art museums in the world and the national art gallery of Spain.  The annual attendance is approximately 2.7 million visitors and the most recent renovation was completed in 2006.  Housed in the magnificent Villanueva Building, The Prado features such European masters as Velázquez, Goya, El Greco and Bosch with perhaps the most famous work in the collection being Velazquez’s “Les Meninas”.  The Prado also boasts a vast online database of its collection which can be accessed free of charge. The official Prado Guide app can be found here:

Other museums of note in Madrid:  The Thyssen Museum (Classic and Modern Art), The Reina Sofia Museum (Modern Art)

Museum Island, Berlin


The Alte Nationalgalerie on Museumsinsel

Neues Museum Berlin

Museum Island is a group of five world renown museums located on north end of Spree Island.  The museums are: Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Altes Museum (Old Museum), Neues Museum (New Museum), Bode-Museum and Pergamon.  Housing world-class collections, each is unique and distinctive in its own way and together they offer something for everyone. Information on a Museum Island guide app can be found here:

Other museum of note in Berlin: Deutsche Guggenheim (Contemporary Art), Topography of Terror (Overview of the SS and Nazis’ rise to power located in the former torture cells – not for the faint of heart), Hamburger Bahnhof (Modern Art)

Posted by Michael Bastin

Michael provides information about travelling in Europe on Apartment District, a vacation rental comparison website for major European cities.

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