The world is a big place and is full of all sorts of fascinating objects, artworks and people. The traditional idea of museums may be stuffy exhibits, dark paintings and a rather musty smell, but in fact, there are a huge array of museums that make for an exciting and unusual day out and when planning a trip there is no shortage of museums that are worth planning a trip around.
The Getty Villa- Los Angeles, USA
Located in ever sunny Malibu, the Getty Villa is a recreation of a Roman villa from the 6th-7th century BC Period that was designed by Oil Tycoon J. Paul Getty as an expansion to his ever growing collection of art and sculptures that no longer fit into the first gallery that he designed. Sadly, Getty never actually visited the Villa, it opened in 1974 and he passed away in 1976. The Villa now houses the Etruscan, Greek and Roman elements of the extensive Getty collection.
A visit to the Villa is like stepping back in time, visitors first enter the Villa through a welcome centre that has been designed to evoke feelings of an architectural dig. Stepping into the tiled hall leads to a beautifully peaceful inner Peristyle though which peeks of the glorious outer Peristyle can be caught. Explore the entire grounds including the kitchen gardens for a taste of ancient Rome combined with over 44,000 amazing artefacts.
Riverside Museum- Glasgow, UK
Planes, trains and automobiles… Throw in some trams, a 19th century wooden tall ship and the very first bicycle ever made and you will be closer to the contents of the newly refurbished Riverside museum, located on the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Housed in a spectacular building designed by award winning architect, Zaha Hadid, this museum to all things transport related was opened in 2011 and has since become one of the top 5 attractions in Scotland.
Visitors can interact with a variety of hands-on exhibits as well as take a stroll down a recreation of a 1920’s Glasgow street. Like all of Glasgow Museums admission to the museum is free.
Museo Atlántico- Calle Triana, Lanzarote
There are not many museums that require diving certificate in order to visit, but the Museo Atlántico is well worth getting a diving certificate for! Located 12 meters below the surface of the sea is a collection of 12 sculptures that have even created by Jason deCaires Tayor to promote the protection of the undersea environment through the creation PH neutral cement statues. The sculptures have been designed to weather over the years and create a habitat for marine life and biology. Visits to this out of the world museum are guided by diving experts and last for approximately one hour.
Where in the world will you get your next museum fix?