Best European museums
The Centre Pompidou, Paris
It is home to the National Museum of Modern Art and is internationally renowned for its 20th and 21st century art collections. The works of iconic artists are displayed chronologically over two sections: the modern period, from 1905 to 1960 (Matisse, Picasso, Dubuffet, etc.), and the contemporary period, from 1960 to the present day. In addition to its permanent collections, internationally renowned exhibitions are organized every year on the top floor, where visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of Paris and its rooftops.
Tate Modern, London
A visit to London isn’t complete without a trip to Tate Modern. Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bank side Power Station on the banks of the Thames. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dali, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois. Entrance for the gallery is free, charges for events/special exhibitions.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
It is a must-see if you’re in Amsterdam for an artistic/cultural trip. Modern structure, great architecture and interesting exhibitions. They host periodic exhibitions so you can always find something new even if you have already been here. The Museum has a great library ranked among the top in Western Europe. You’ll find artists and designers like K Appel, Gispen, B Newman, P Picasso, M Wanders. If you want to avoid the high prices of the museum’s restaurant you can find very nice places to eat also in the neighborhood.
Picasso museum, Barcelona
The collection, which includes more than 3500 artworks, is strongest on Picasso’s earliest years, up until 1904, which is apt considering that the artist spent his formative creative years in Barcelona. The Picasso Museum is divided into various periods of the artist’s career, starting chronologically with his earliest sketches and self-portraits then progressing on to his moody Blue period and ending with his study by Diego Velazquez.