If you’re like most art lovers, your list of things to see and do would probably include a visit to a local art gallery or museum. While every place has something unique to offer, some cities draw art lovers for their enthralling arts scene. Here are some of the best travel destinations for art enthusiasts who want to enjoy spending time in the midst of artworks and other masterpieces while traveling.
1. Berlin, Germany
Berlin is an art and artists haven. To say that there’s art everywhere wouldn’t be far from the truth. The city lives and breathes art. It has several art galleries not to mention its museums that house the finest collections that span centuries. There’s no shortage of art exhibitions and the city’s architecture scene is as interesting as the artworks found in galleries and museums.
A brief visit in Berlin would not be enough to explore all the arts and art-related activities. Some of the top attractions that draw art-loving travelers include the Museum Island and Eigen + Art among many others. The former is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to five museums namely the Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum, Neues Museum, and Pergamon Museum. Berlin also has a lot of amazing street art. Head to the East Side Gallery to see some of the wall paintings rendered on a stretch of the Berlin Wall.
2. Florence, Italy
Florence has long been famous not only for its collections of Italian Renaissance art pieces. The city’s architecture is also one of its biggest draws. Some of the top attractions for art lovers include the Galleria dell’Accademia and Uffizi Gallery.
The 15th century Palazzo Pitti now serves as museum complex. Just behind is the famous Boboli Gardens where you can marvel at the fountains and statues located in this outdoor museum. The Palazzo Vecchio which was once home to the Medici family has an extensive collection of art pieces. The picturesque Ponte Vecchio is also a must-see. The ancient bridge that cross over the Arno River. The Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral likewise deserve a visit for its splendid architecture.
3. New York City, New York
New York is just one of the many artsy places in the US. But it has long made its mark as the most iconic destinations for arts enthusiasts. It is home to the massive Metropolitan Museum that contains a dizzying array of ancient and modern arts. Sections containing artworks from the African, Byzantine, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman eras are amazing to behold.
Other notable places to see are the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Cloisters and the Frick Collection.
4. Paris, France
A list of destination for art lovers without Paris in it would be incomplete. The City of Light is a veritable haven of artworks the most famous of which is The Louvre. But even if you skip the world-renowned museum to avoid the crowd you can still find plenty of options to choose from. Musée D’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie are just some of them.
Other interesting places worth visiting are Center Pompidou, La Maison Rouge, and Palais De Tokyo.