Are museums just the places that impart extensive knowledge on the subject of our interest? According to the International Council of Museums (ICOM), a museum “acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.” To increase awareness of the vital role played by museums in the development of society started the idea of celebrating International Museum Day. A visit to these International Museums deserves the top spot in your list of things to do during your International holiday. The best deals international flights are guaranteed at Indian Eagle!
Le Louvre – Paris, France:
Want to see the original painting of iconic Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci? Go to Le Louvre, the landmark museum in Paris, where this renowned work of art is stowed. Originally built in the 12th Century as a fortress, this grand palace is converted to a museum around two centuries ago. It is the largest art museum in the world housing a vast collection of 38,000 artefacts such as antiquities from Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Eastern countries, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Paintings, and Decorative Arts.
Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from Wednesday to Monday
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The British Museum – London, England:
The British Museum is a museum dedicated to the diversity of art and culture across the world. It is the largest museum in Britain exhibiting a comprehensive collection of archaeological and ethnographic objects spanning two million years of human history. The museum that initially began with many personal collections of Irish physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane now treasures more than eight million objects, including the Rosetta Stone, prehistoric bones, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies.
Timings: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (Monday to Thursday); 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM (Friday)
International UFO Museum and Research Center – Roswell, New Mexico:
Although more than 70 years have passed since the flying-saucer crash occurred in Roswell, the incident has sparked an inconclusive debate around UFOs and extraterrestrial life. The exhibits at this international museum are centered around the 1947 Roswell UFO incident, and the library provides information related to this incident, the crop circles, UFO sightings, Area 51, and ancient astronauts and abductions. You’ll get to study the models of aliens, UFO phenomenon, published reports, documentaries, and the central idea is to encourage questioning and researching but not to persuade people to believe in it!
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm all days of the week
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International Spy Museum – Washington DC, United States:
Are you a die-hard fan of James Bond movies? Is Spy fiction your favorite genre? If yes, we are pretty sure you must have dreamt of being a part of an undercover mission. International Spy museum helps you realize this dream! Yes, you read it right! This International museum reveals the secrets of espionage and intelligence, and its two floors display espionage artifacts like spy cameras, spy cars, lipstick pistols, micro cameras, etc. – all of which fall under the categories of “how we spy” and “why we spy.” You can also go undercover on a mission and gauge your spying skills! Timings: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm all days of the week
Baku Museum of Miniature Books – Baku, Azerbaijan:
Every bibliophile must visit the Baku Museum of Miniature Books as it is the only museum of miniature books in the world. Zarifa Salahova conceptualized this museum to share her private collection of miniature books with the world. The assemblage has gradually expanded due to voluntary donations, and now this museum holds a “Guinness Book of Records” for being the largest private museum of miniature books. This museum, aka library, houses 6500 books of different languages from 64 different countries. The museum’s oldest book is a 17th century copy of the Quran.
Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday