World Cultures

Virtual Museum Tour

There are thousands of museums in the world--large and small, priceless and common, public and private, near and far--and hundreds of these contain art. Of this vast feast of knowledge and excitement, a few score institutions stand out as the great art museums of the world, collections that are repeatedly cited in every history of art, repositories that contain the best examples of art from every time and place, galleries that feed the senses and attract millions of pilgrims from around the globe. Below is a list of these Great Art Museums of the World with links to their websites.

The Great Art Museums of the World

(alphabetically arranged)


    1.   Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

  1. Archaeological Museum of Delphi, Greece
  2. Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA
  3. Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy
  4. British Museum, London, England
  5. Capitoline Museums, Rome, Italy
  6. The Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt
  7. Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  8. Louvre Museum, Paris, France (official site)
  9. Louvre Museum, Paris, France (Site #2)
  10. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA
  11. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France (Official Site)(text in French)
  12. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France (Site #2)
  13. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  14. Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA
  15. National Archeological Museum, Athens, Greece
  16. National Gallery, London, England
  17. National Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
  18. National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  19. Olympia Museum, Olympia, Greece
  20. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  21. Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
  22. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  23. Tretyakov Gallery (and Pushkin Fine Arts Museum), Moscow, Russia
  24. Ufizzi Gallery, Florence, Italy
  25. Ufizzi Gallery, Florence, Italy (The Virtual Ufizzi, The Complete Catalogue)
  26. Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

·        The Sistine Chapel

·        Rafaello Stanze and Loggia

·        Vatican City (architecture)           

  1. Smithsonian Institution Museums, Washington, DC, USA

Ms. Rulo wishes to thank Professor Al Clarke of the University La Verne for his generous contribution to this project.