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
Of course, you cannot miss out the grand British Museum. From Egyptian mummies to Chinese silk embroidery
Nearest train station: Russell Square
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
Nearest train station: Blackfriars
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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
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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National Art Center
One of the largest art museums in Japan, you'd be impressed by masterpieces spread over 14,000 square
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
Nearest train station: Meguro Station
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