TripAdvisor has just released a list of the best museums in Europe as part of its 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards.
The travel website determined which museums are worth visiting on the continent based on the quality and quantity of millions of user reviews left in the last year.
From a museum on a crumbling archeological site to a grand palace with a famous art collection, here are the top 15:
14. London’s Natural History Museum is most famous for its impressive dinosaur displays, but the building itself is worth visiting for its distinctive gothic architecture alone. On the last Friday of each month, visitors can stay late to spend a night at the museum.
13. The walls of London’s National Gallery are lined with masterpieces by Monet, Titian, Canaletto, Vermeer, Turner, and more. It’s also a beautiful building in which to look at art.
12. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oscwiecim, Poland, displays important relics from the concentration camp, including personal belongings of victims who were imprisoned there.
11. Uffizi Gallery in Florence is the ultimate romantic setting for looking at works of art. If you go, don’t miss Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and Titian’s “Venus of Urbino.”
10. There’s nowhere better to admire Van Gogh’s work than at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, where many of his most celebrated paintings, like “The Bedroom,” “Sunflowers,” and “Irises” are on display.
9. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the Netherlands’ national museum focusing on the country’s history and art. Highlights include paintings by great Dutch artists like Vermeer and Rembrandt.
8. The Musee du Louvre in Paris is most famous as the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, but it’s also worth walking through its gorgeous sculpture rooms as well as the grand apartments of Napoleon III.
7. London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is known for putting on elaborate, blockbuster exhibitions as well as the sculpture-filled Exhibition Hall (pictured below), and its unrivalled fashion galleries.
6. The Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, is the site of a large battle ship that capsized in the 17th century. Remarkably, it was restored and used again.
5. The number one thing to do in Athens on most tourists’ sightseeing lists is visiting the Acropolis — and the Acropolis Museum, where visitors can learn about one of the greatest archeological sites on Earth.
4. The British Museum is always packed with tourists looking for the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles and Sculptures, and the Egyptian Room, where they can gawp at mummies.
3. Prado National Museum in Madrid is the only Spanish gallery to make the list. Its extensive collection of art includes masterpieces like Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych” as well as works by Velazquez, Rubens, and Rembrandt.
2. Housed in a former train station, the Musee d’Orsay is one of Paris’ most beautiful museums, with a display of paintings — including Edgar Degas’ ballerina pieces — and sculptures. If you visit, head to the fifth floor of the gallery for a picturesque city view from the clock face.
1. State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace in St. Petersburg is home to over 1 million pieces of art and over 770,000 archeological items. Visitors there can go on a tour of the historic palace, and look at art by the likes of Rembrandt, Matisse, and Picasso.