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The 15 best museums in Europe, according to TripAdvisor

The 15 best museums in Europe, according to TripAdvisor

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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:

15. History buffs enjoy visiting Churchill War Rooms in London, where Winston Churchill met with Cabinet members during the Second World War. Visitors can walk around the bunker and learn more about the history of the rooms in an accompanying exhibition.
15. History buffs enjoy visiting Churchill War Rooms in London, where Winston Churchill met with Cabinet members during the Second World War. Visitors can walk around the bunker and learn more about the history of the rooms in an accompanying exhibition.

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.

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.

12. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oscwiecim, Poland, displays important relics from the concentration camp, including personal belongings of victims who were imprisoned there.

12. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oscwiecim, Poland, displays important relics from the concentration camp, including personal belongings of victims who were imprisoned there.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.