I will freely admit that we did not tackle very many museums on our Europe trip. Personally, for the most part, I would much rather take in a park or a cathedral or some other specific site with historical significance — I think I just go on overload in museums. I adore history now (sadly, that appreciation has come much later in life, as I did not enjoy history in school), but I love “binge” learning on a particular subject or event, rather than the overwhelming crush of a museum that attempts to cover ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY.
However, I will also admit that I thoroughly enjoyed aspects of the handful of museums that we did visit: the British Museum, the National Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Sadly, I had come down with a cold on our first full day in London, so the British Museum was even more overwhelming to me that day than it usually would have been — plus, I was heartbroken to discover that the famous Reading Room was closed! We did get to see the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon, the Easter Island stone figures, and a fascinating display on the history of clocks, among what felt like hundreds of other displays.
We rushed through the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery so quickly that I hardly feel qualified to comment, but we did enjoy them both!
Megan & I took a walk from our flat to the beautiful Musée d’Orsay one morning in Paris, and what a treat that was! We especially geeked out over the Vincent van Gogh room (which I have to admit reveals another level of nerd in both of us, because of the Doctor Who references we were looking for!), but the whole museum is just gorgeous. The smaller size made it feel much more manageable!
For anyone who is wondering by this point, no, we did not visit The Louvre — I know, so shameful! We did actually intend to, but we decided we were “museum-ed out” that evening, and then… we just ran out of time to go back. In order to truly appreciate The Louvre, though, I have a feeling that one would need a full day to dedicate to it, and we simply didn’t have that much time. Another visit, right?!
What are your favorite European museums?! Come tell me in the comments!