It’s time for another special edition of I Heart My City! This time we’re serving up recommendations for the world’s best museums from the people who know their cities best. Some are off the beaten path — some offer us compelling reasons to revisit the old stand bys.
Here are 20 must-see museums from 20 past I Heart My City contributors in 20 different cities. Okay, there are a bit more than 20. As you’ll soon see, many of our contributors had trouble picking just one!
Jessica’s Barcelona (Spain): The MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia) which features impressive classical and modern artwork as well as a palatial façade built for the 1929 World’s Fair. Another great thing to do in this area is witness the delightful Magic Fountain and its charming “aquatic” concert.
Daniel’s London (England): The V&A in South Kensington or the fantastic Museum of Childhood in East London. The V&A is beautifully organized into different artistic techniques and methods. If you’ve got kids bring notebooks and pencils for them to sketch what they find. That night you might be able to sleep at the Science or Natural History museums which are are right across the street.
Jo’s Cape Town (South Africa): Groot Constantia, the oldest wine farm in the country. Once you’ve had your dose of colonial history in the beautifully restored Cape Dutch homestead, it’d be rude not to taste the estate’s wines…
Kash’s Edinburgh (Scotland): The newly refurbished National Museum of Scotland where, under one roof, you can enjoy the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology, and Scottish history. It’s a great day out for the kids, and the best thing is that it’s free.
Kristina’s Santiago (Chile): The Pablo Neruda Museum. Many travelers overlook this museum in favor of Neruda’s larger museum at Isla Negra on the coast, but his eccentric old Santiago home is quite spellbinding, and it is replete with anecdotal art, collections, and awards, including the poet’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Rachael’s Dakar (Senegal): The House of Slaves on Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The original slave house built in the 1700s was used as a holding place for slaves before they were transported to Western countries. The house is now a museum and memorial to Africans who lost their freedom and brings slavery’s haunting history to life.
Katie’s Reykjavik (Iceland): The 871 +/-2 Settlement Museum. In 2001, an ancient Viking longhouse was discovered beneath Reykjavik and around it was built a modern, multimedia and interactive museum that gives a comprehensive history of the country’s early settlement.