The world's best museums

Today is International Museum Day! Be it a Frank Gehry work of asymmetric art or an 18th-century Russian palace, these museums are among the most beautiful in the world, with stately buildings that complement the treasures housed within. Tell us what are your favorite museums?
  1. The Guggenheim Museum
    Located in Bilbao, Spain, this Frank Gehry–designed museum opened in 1997 and has attracted millions of tourists ever since opening its doors to the public. Photo Courtesy: Getty
  2. Hermitage Museum
    Hermitage is located in St. Petersburg, Russia. This majestic venue is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Photo Courtesy: Alamy
  3. Potala Palace
    Potala Palace was once the home to the Dalai Lama, but now this towering 17th-century structure functions as a state museum in Lhasa, Tibet. Photo Courtesy: Getty
  4. Museo Soumaya at Plaza Carso
    Museo Soumaya, designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero (with consultation by Frank Gehry), consists of two buildings in Mexico City's Polanco neighborhood. Both museums are striking, but it's the one at Plaza Carso, Mexico City that truly stands out. Photo Courtesy: Getty
  5. Musée d'Orsay
    Despite the crowds, we keep returning to Musée d'Orsay, Paris's second-most iconic museum. Photo Courtesy: Getty