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A Museum Lover's Guide to the World

By Travel Savvy

We all have heard of The Louvre in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, but there are dozens of stunningly epic museums around the globe that, year after year, go undiscovered by the common tourist.

These attractions are truly hidden gems in their own right, and we'd like to share our favorites with you! From France to Japan, we’ve rounded up some of the most notable museums you must visit!

Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet 1

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Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet

2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris, France

Open Sunday through Wednesday 10:00AM - 6:00PM; Thursday 10:00AM - 9:00PM; Friday and Saturday 10:00AM - 9:00PM

For centuries, Paris has attracted both artists and art-lovers alike. One of Paris' most phenomenal hidden gems, the Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet, contains the largest collection of Claude Monet’s Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works - most of which were donated by the artist’s own family. Displayed in a Second Empire villa, the building (re: expansive mansion) also houses a magnificent collection of Empire-style furniture that will impress anyone in your group. 

Sir John Soane’s Museum 2

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Sir John Soane’s Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, UK

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sir John Soane’s Museum, once the home of famous neo-classical architect John Soane, who built the original Bank of England the Dulwich Picture Gallery, is now open for your exploration and enjoyment. Soane's goal in building his home was to create an inspirational and educational space for prospective architects, and the space certainly doesn't dissapoint. Today, this museum still houses Soane’s very own collection of pictures, prints, drawings, plaster casts, antique fragments, books,  and architectural models, making this attraction one spot you won't want to miss on your next trip to London

Dongdaemun Design Plaza 3

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza

281 Eulji-ro, Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Open Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00AM - 7:00PM; Wednesday and Friday 10:00AM - 9:00PM

While relatively unknown and undervisited by the average western tourist, Seoul, South Korea is one destination Travel Savvy editors belive belongs on everyone's bucket list. Located in South Korea’s fashion hub, the locally popular destination Dongdaemun Design Plaza is known for its futuristic structure and curvaceous metallic façade (designed by the brilliant female architect Zaha Hadid) that lights up when the sun goes down. This iconic landmark is comprised of five major halls: Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, each housing an impressive rotation of exhibitions, gallery shows, and shopping opportunies. The verdict? This truly unique South Korean attraction is one you must see for yourself!

Museum of Broken Relationships 4

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Museum of Broken Relationships

?irilometodska ul. 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Open everyday from 9:00AM - 9:00PM (October 1st - May 31st); every day 9:00AM - 10:30PM (June 1st - September 30th)

When we think of this Croatian attraction, we are reminded of the Alfred Lord Tennyson quote, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." 

Winner of the EMYA Kenneth Hudson Award as the most innovative and daring museum project in Europe, the Museum of Broken Relationships is truly an emotional journey for the ages. Located in Zagreb, Croatia, the museum was created in 2006 by two ex-lovers Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubiši?. The goal of this museum is to treasure and share heartbreak stories of the public and their sentimental possessions. Each contributor donates an item and a personal, anonymous story... and that's preciesely what makes this museum so unique: The Museum of Broken Relationships is a museum about humanity and the way people love and lose. 

ArtScience Museum 5

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ArtScience Museum

6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

Open daily 10:00AM - 7:00PM

Located at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, the ArtScience Museum celebrates the creative process of art, science, technology and culture, featuring exhibhits that explore each subject’s role in shaping modern society. Not only does this lotus-shaped structure feature permanent exhibits, educational activities, and a rotating calendar performances, but it also hosts novel international exhibits that are guaranteed to captivate even the most aloof visitors in your group. (We're looking at you, families with too-cool-for-school teenagers!) 

Chichu Art Museum 6

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Chichu Art Museum

3449-1 Naoshima, Kagawa 7613110 Japan

Open March 1st through September 30th 10:00AM - 6:00PM; October 1st through February 28th 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Think Croatia's Museum of Broken Relationships was a mindbender? Wait until you see the Chichu Art Museum, located inside (yes, inside) the island of Naoshima, the famous 'art island' of Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.  

Designed by famed architect Tadao Ando and built almost entirely underground to avoid destorying the island's beautiful, au natural landscape, Chichu aims to reexamine the complex relationship between nature and people. It's permanent exhibition prominently features nature-heavy artwork by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria.


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