Museums have long been a popular form of education of history. Photos, books or lectures can’t produce the same level of understanding about events and people from the past the way a museum can. Being in the physical presence of an artifact can have an impact that’s so powerful, that the experience can have a way of staying with us for the rest of our lives. So if you’re a history buff and you’re looking to develop a truly thorough comprehension of times past, here’s a list of the five best history museums that have the most to offer to both professional and amateur historians alike.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Anthropology)
This museum’s home is Mexico City, Mexico and has more visitors than any other museum in the country. It’s primary area of focus in history is the pre-Columbian era and here you can see a replica of Pacal’s tomb, a large model of the ancient city Teotihuacan which is famous for it’s Mesoamerican Pyramids, and the Stone of The Sun. The museum is also worth checking out due it’s intriguing architecture.
The Hermitage is a magnificent museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and is considered one of the oldest and largest museums worldwide. Part of what makes this museum special is that the building itself has historical significance since it’s in what used to be the Winter Palace of Russian royalty. The museum is famous for housing over 3 million different pieces and classified as a museum of both art and culture.
The British Museum
This museum, found in London is very well known for it’s immensely vast collection of artifacts in an ambitious attempt to document all of human history. Opening it’s doors in 1753, it’s known to house pieces such as the infamous Rosetta Stone, The Crouching Venus and the Queen of the Night relief as well as 13 million other works.
Museum fur Naturkunde
If you like history and science then this impressive natural history museum is for you. The Naturkunde is located in Berlin and houses the Guiness Book of World Record champion the world’s largest mounted dinosaur. In the central hall stands the skeleton of what used to be a 50 ton Giraffatitan that is a staggering 12.72 meters high. Their second claim to fame is the fossil known as the “Berlin Specimen” Archaeopteryx, which accurately shows the connection between dinosaurs and birds. It’s considered to b the most complete fossil of it’s kind.
Egyptian antiquity is arguably the most popular and fascinating historical era there is. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo contains over 120,000 ancient Egyptian pieces, enough to make any egyptophile’s mouth water. Very sadly some works were damaged or stolen during the 2011 Egyptian revolution, but most damaged works have been restored and are back on display, and some of the looted works have been recovered. Here you can find famous pieces that have become symbols of ancient Egypt such as the Statue of Khafre, the mummy mask of Psusennes I and probably most famous and well recognized of them all, the Gold Mask of Tutankhamun.