Top 6 Must-see European museums

May is Museum Month in Europe, an event co-sponsored by the Council of Europe and UNESCO.  All month long, museums across Europe are hosting special events and invite travelers to see the treasures inside their walls. With Museum Month in mind, we wanted to share our top six must-see museums in Europe.

The Louvre, Paris

The Louvre in Paris began as a fortress in the 12th century. The museum’s collection has fluctuated in size with the rise and fall of Napoleon and the French Republics, but today, the Louvre’s 35,000 pieces help make it the most-visited museum in the world. Some of the art world’s most recognizable works reside here, including the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Venus de Milo and DaVinci’s Mona Lisa.

Explore the Louvre estate with our trip to Paris:
Departure Graf: Paris Express, July 19-21st

The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

The Van Gogh museum presents the artist’s life through his masterpieces held in the permanent exhibition. Visitors can retrace his first drawings, witness his attempts at various painting techniques and see his development as an artist. His story is told throughout the galleries, with his paintings put on the center stage for all to admire, but also his numerous drawings and sketches. Finally, his letters and correspondence with his relatives and friends give insight on his character.

The Museu Picasso's cloister, Barcelona
The Museu Picasso’s cloister, Barcelona

The Picasso museum offers an extensive collection of the artist’s work with 4,251 art pieces on display.  Picasso’s formative years were spent in Barcelona as the city shaped in his adolescence and youth.  The old quarter of the city, specifically the neighborhood of La Ribera was where he took the first step in his artistic development. The current exhibition “Picasso Blue Project” (6 April 6th, 2022 – September 4th, 2022) focuses on the the Blue Period, which includes the drawing The Blind Man (1903).

Be immersed in the world of Picasso and discover Barcelona with us:
Departure Graf: Barcelona,  October 10-14th
Departure K-Town: Barcelona, November 27 – December 1st

The Uffizi, Florence
The Uffizi, Florence

Florence’s Uffizi Gallery owns one of the most expansive collections of Renaissance art in the world. Among the Caravaggios, Titians, and Raphaels, you’ll find an early Rembrandt self-portrait and Botticelli’s brilliant The Birth of Venus. Paolo Uccello—one of Florence’s favorite sons—created a groundbreaking triptych depicting The Battle of San Romano in the 1400s; today, the middle panel of this work is housed in Uccello’s hometown at the Uffizi.

Discover the home to many masterpieces of Renaissance in one of the most splendid cities in the world:
Departure K-Town: Pisa, Rome & Florence, August 29th – September 2nd
Departure Graf: Pisa, Rome & Florence,  November 27th – December 1st

The Tate Modern, London
The Tate Modern, London

Highlighting works created after 1900, the Tate Modern is perhaps Europe’s finest gallery of modern and postmodern art. Housed in the cavernous shell of a former power station, the Tate’s enormous open spaces give modern artists the freedom to push the limits of their creativity. Works by Monet, Matisse, Rothko, Warhol and Picasso mark the Tate as perhaps England’s finest art museum.

There are our trips to London to discover new things and refresh what is already known:
Departure Graf: New Year’s Eve in London, December 29th – January 2nd
Departure K-Town: New Year’s Eve in London, December 29th – January 2nd  

The Bastogne War Museum, Ardennes
The Bastogne War Museum, Ardennes

The Bastogne War Museum is dedicated to the Second World War in the Ardennes and Belgium. It focuses primarily on the Battle of the Bulge, which Winston Churchill called “the greatest American battle of the war”. With its temporary exhibitions, known as « Story Bubbles », its interactive terminals & its themed guided activities, the museum offers lots to see, do and learn about for visitors of all ages.

We have lots more trips planned. Check out our website to find out more!