If you are an art aficionado with an insatiable thirst for endless aesthetic stimulation, then you have to embark on a journey to the cities which are known as cultural meccas. The very sidewalks of these urban landscapes, the intricate web of passages and alleyways stand firmly as playgrounds of architectural splendor and craftsmanship.
If you feel compelled to seek out the utmost peak of artistic expression in physical form, you need to get lost in the streets of these five best museum cities for art lovers.
The best museum cities for art lovers
We begin this list with a city that ends all lists. Paris is not only the leading artistic mecca of the world; it is also a city with a thousand faces – a sprawling and dense urban reef of unrelenting beauty that serves as a testament to civilization.
The cultural pilgrimage through this city begins, of course, with a visit to the Louvre, where you can admire some of the most legendary works of art known to man. Then you proceed to witness iconic landmarks sprinkled around town with your own eyes before you begin an eclectic tour of “visual stimulants” which range from paintings in the Musée D’Orsay to low brow street art that thrives around every corner. Paris has it all.
The topography of Venice stretches out in strokes of a virtuoso as it collates into one gargantuan urban masterpiece. Each preserved building is like one shiny piece of a mosaic that fits into its rightful place to create a church ceiling of heavenly beauty.
As a historical town built on water, not many things come as close to a dreamscape as Venice does. Enter one of many gaudy trinket shops and purchase a carnival mask and a cape before you venture on a mesmerizing tour of the city and its countless museums. If you time your visit right, you could even come by during the reputable Venice Film Festival and walk the cutting edge of art on the Venice Biennale.
As a city for art lovers, Sydney is in many ways a “new kid on the block.” It might not be as old as the other contenders on this list, but it is slowly gaining a reputation as one of the most vibrant cultural melting pots on the southern hemisphere.
A whopping number of 1,400,000 people visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and MCA Australia is not lagging far behind. You can begin your trip through Sydney by renting an equally artistically sensible apartment in a popular boutique hotel in Chippendale. This way, you’ll be mixing travelling large with livin’ large.
An “older brother” of Sydney, New York City holds the last word when it comes to modern art. The Great Apple is known as the modern Rome for a good reason – all the great minds of today funnel into this towering jungle of concrete and glass with hopes of artistic recognition and high living.
As a visitor, you will be forgiven if you feel overwhelmed due to the sheer amount of things to do and museums to visit. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is, of course, an obligatory part of the journey, but other highlights are equally exciting – such as the Metropolitan, the Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.
The search for art entails travels to distant places trapped in a constant flux of cultural commotion, and Istanbul is a good place to start. And once you realize where the city is located, you will not be surprised – as it lies on one of the tightest meeting points between the European and the Asian continent, Istanbul’s destiny was to become the city of all cultures.
Colossal historical buildings from different epochs stand proudly next to each other and truly come to define the meaning of the word “eclectic”. The streets are bustling with energy and people from every corner of the globe who came to marvel at the majesty of Hagia Sophia and finally learn the secret of the Whirling Dervishes.
If you are a creative person yourself with a keen sense of exquisite beauty, a dynamic escapade through these five cities is the best way to get your own creative juices flowing. Even if you are not looking for a specific source of artistic inspiration, your visit to any of these urban areas will fill you with joie de vivre that can easily carry you through most of the year, if not beyond.