London, United Kingdom

Home to some of the world's best museums, this cosmopolitan city is a must-visit for everyone. From dinosaur fossils to modern art and Victorian wedding dresses, most of the museums are a short walk or just a few underground stations away from one another.

The best time of the week to visit - weekday early mornings. Avoid the tourist groups and take your time to read up on the exhibits as you wander the galleries. 

Natural History Museum

For the parents bringing their little ones on vacation, you must head to the Natural History Museum. Our personal favorite: head there during winter, throw on a pair of skates and hop into the ice rink! With the majestic museum in the backdrop and a hot cuppa after, it is a truly magical experience. 

Nearest train station: South Kensington

British Museum

Of course, you cannot miss out the grand British Museum. From Egyptian mummies to Chinese silk embroidery artefacts, you can explore the world by hopping from Ancient Rome to Africa or the Americas in the British Museum. Founded in 1753, the museum is actually 265-years old this year! 

Nearest train station: Russell Square 

Tate Modern

Is it The Tate or Tate Modern? Tate is actually a family of four galleries - from London to Liverpool and Cornwall. Tate Modern and Tate Britain are in London. For those who appreciate art history - head to Tate Britain for British artworks from 1500s to the present day; Tate Modern houses international modern and contemporary art. 

Nearest train station: Blackfriars

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Barcelona, Spain

Not that you needed more reasons to visit the Catalan capital - with the scrumptious tapas, fruity sangrias and friendly locals, Barcelona is one of our favourite cities! 

Colourful, energetic and steeped in cultural heritage, art lovers will appreciate that many art maestros hail from Spain including Surrealist master Salvador Dali and the father of Cubism Pablo Picasso.  Architecture lovers will also be thrilled by the works of Antonio Gaudi as Barcelona is home to the largest concentration of his bold works. 

Picasso Museum 

Opened in 1963, the Picasso Museum showcases the deeply intimate relationship of the genius, young artist with Barcelona. Exhibiting the works from his formative years, there are 4,251 works of Picasso that make up the permanent collection. 

For the uninitiated art lovers (like ourselves), here are some tips on how you can learn to critique art pieces

Nearest train station: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

A majestic architecture confronts you when you arrive at the Montjüic Hill. Just when you thought the facade is the most exciting part of the entire experience, prepare to be wowed.

Don't be conservative. Set at least half a day aside for a brisk walkthrough, there are four main zones: Medieval Gothic and Renaissance, Medieval Romanesque, and two Modern Art spaces. Move from Gaudi's mosaic work to Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali; an entire day will be over before you even realise it. 

Foodies should also book a table at the Òleum Restaurant that serves up fantastic Mediterranean food, you'd be dining in the old Throne Room of the Palau Nacional, where the King Alfons XIII inaugurated the International Exposition of 1929. It's the perfect spot for watching the sunset. 

Nearest train station: Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)

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Tokyo, Japan

Most travellers associate Tokyo with just its culinary offerings, shopping, tech, luxury goods and hot springs... there's actually a lot more to be discovered in its museums.  

National Art Center 

One of the largest art museums in Japan, you'd be impressed by masterpieces spread over 14,000 square metres of exhibition space. With special exhibitions from Impressionist masterpieces to art pieces on loan from the Louvre Collections, you'd be surprised by the works you can view without having to travel the world!

Take note: the museum is closed on Tuesdays and during the New Year holidays so be sure to make food or shopping plans for those days instead. 

Nearest train station: Nogizaka Subway Station

Meguro Parasitological Museum

We wouldn't recommend visiting this museum after a heavy meal, especially not if you just had platters of raw fish. A small but fascinating little space, the Meguro Parasitological Museum is actually a private research facility started in 1953 by a medical doctor, Satoru Kamegai. Exhibiting around 300 parasite specimens, walk through the 'Diversity of Parasites' on level one before heading up to the 'Human and Zoonotic Parasites' on level two. 

In fact, the museum collects and preserves about 60,000 parasite specimens. For those who find love in the most unlikely places, feel free to buy souvenirs at the shop from keychains to tote bags or t-shirts and bring your favourite parasite home. 

Nearest train station: Meguro Station

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