Welcome! Here is a run down of our top five design, architecture, art museums in Europe. If ever you find yourself in one of these cities, the following museums should be on the top of your itinerary.
The Victoria & Albert
Founded in 1882, London’s V&A museum takes its moniker from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It’s home to a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It’s also the world’s largest museum of design and decorative arts. It has a constantly changing programme of special exhibitions and events. Not to mention, these cover a diverse spectrum of interests. Definitely something for everyone, you should get there now!
V&A Website: https://www.vam.ac.uk/
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The Vitra Design Museum
The Vitra Design Museum in Germany and has a global reputation. This museum considers design‘s relationship with architecture and art. Also covering how it sits within our daily culture. Its range of exhibitions look into the future of design, technologies and sustainability. They also offer an examination of past design events and significant creative personalities. These include Charles & Ray Eames. A fantastic place to visit, open up your mind and enjoy the vibe.
Vitra Design museum website: https://www.design-museum.de/en/information/the-vitra-design-museum.html
The National Museum of Modern Art
Pairs is home to the Pompidou Centre. It’s worth a visit just to stand outside and marvel the architectural masterpiece. Home to France’s National Museum of Modern Art, the building itself is a ‘monument to modernity’. It features external escalators and outsized outside coloured tubing. Love it or hate it, you certainly won’t forget it.
Nation Museum of Modern Art Website: http://www.mam.paris.fr/en
The Guggenheim Museum
Frank Gehry’s inspirational design for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is just over 20 years old. I personally think it looks like it belongs 200 years in the future. This breathtaking museum of modern and contemporary art created the ‘Bilbao effect’. The success of the building has played a big part in bringing lots of people to the city. Other cities have sought to recreate such a phenomenon with their own landmark. . Go visit- the future has arrived.
The Guggenheim Museum website: https://www.guggenheim.org/
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
Finally, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, based in Prague. It is a significant feature of today’s Czech cultural arena. This is for both cultural and creative reasons. A former factory in Prague, converted into a creative space explores the following… Literature, performing and visual arts, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history and political science. The space also enables research and debate under one roof into these areas. The DOX centre has been a force in bringing together different people and diverse ideas. This has been beneficial for both adults and children. Brilliant concept, sure to challenge your own ideas and get you thinking outside the box.
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Website: http://www.dox.cz/en/