The Old And New Draws of Museums
Photo credit goes to Christopher Busta-Peck.
The world’s art is arguably the most valuable thing that we have in existence as a global society. Encompassing all of our histories, cultures, religions, ideologies, hopes, fears, dreams, nightmares, ideas, and conceptions, art is what lives on beyond all of our lives and will continue to do so even in the millennia that will come and go after our race is extinct. If there is a new form of life that evolves after ours has passed, or perhaps even alien life beyond our planet somehow develops in the billions of years after our communal passing, we will have our art to leave behind for the lives ahead of our own. Art will live on and for that sake we require the construction, maintenance, admiration and respect of the world’s art museums.
Taking a cursory glance at some of the statistics about the different popular art museums, with all countries taken into consideration, the museums that stand at the top of the heap are not so likely to be much of a surprise.
- The most visited museum in the world, the Louvre, established in 1793 and located in scenic Paris, France, arguably the epicenter of modern style and culture, has nearly ten million visitors from all over the world every year. The ‘Musée du Louvre’ in French, has had some of the finest exhibits in the world including works from none other than Leonardo Da Vinci, and sporting over 35,000 individual pieces that date back as far as prehistory and also some of the finest recent pieces in the world.
- While not having as many visitors as the Louvre, the British Museum located in London, England, and established in 1753, still has nearly seven million visitors per year and has certainly never been a slouch of any sort when it comes to harboring priceless art. One could argue that based on its age that the building that comprises the British Museum itself is more valuable as a piece of architectural art than the Louvre.
- In third place, and that’s certainly not a small accomplishment, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in the most densely populated city in the United States, New York City, was established in 1874 and is certainly a historical building for such a young nation) has nearly five and a half million visitors per year for the myriad of different exhibitions that are routinely rotated.
Photo credit goes to Frank Kovalchek.
If the idea of centuries old high art is a little too slow for the pace of your artistic taste and you would prefer something a little more contemporary that you can identify with, you’ll likely prefer a cartoon art museum such as the one found in San Francisco, California in the United States of America. Below you’ll find a sample of some of the work they’ve exhibited at their museum, which is thankfully located in one of the safest areas of one of the safest cities in the United States. Whether you enjoy art with a deep history and heavy cultural roots, or you prefer something more modern and loud and full of the fire and energy that comes with the youthful concepts in bleeding edge art, you’re sure to find a museum that is just right for you in any corner of the world.
Photo credit goes to Andrew.