The TOP Museums in the World that You Need to Visit | Yampu Tours

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These are some of the TOP Museums in the world according to Yampu’s expert travel consultants.

If you haven’t yet visited the Met, the Louvre or the Smithsonian, you at least know the names of these prestigious houses of art, science and culture. Basking in their shadow of success are numerous museums that are equally worthwhile when traveling outside of Europe and the States.

Grab a pen and start adding to that bucket list of yours as you peruse some of Yampu’s Top Picks from Trip Advisor’s extended list of the TOP Museums in the world!


Museo Larco

Lima, Peru

Established in 1926 in an 18th-century viceroyalty mansion, Museo Larco houses a captivating collection of pre-Columbian art. The Larco is also one of the few museums in the world where visitors can visit their storage facilities where they house their classified archaeological objects.

Surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens, the Museo Larco is the perfect place to begin or end your Peruvian experience with complimentary cocktails overlooking the grounds.

Suggested Itinerary; Peru for the Experiential Traveler


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The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Xi’an, China

Nearly 7,000 life-size terracotta figures of warriors and horses stand in battle formation at their excavation site in Xi’an China. Visitors can gander at some of the world’s grandest funerary art and what many declare as the 8th Wonder of the World.

Each soldier has unique facial features as they were created in resemblance to actual members of Qin Shi Huang’s army, the first Emperor of China. It is believed that each of the 700,000 workers who contributed to the tomb were killed to keep its secrecy.

Suggested Itinerary; The Eighth Miracle of the World – The Terracotta Warriors


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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Bogota, Colombia

The Museo del oro (The Museum of Gold) is one of the most opulent museums in the world. Each of its three floors are devoted to pre-Hispanic use of gold from all over Colombia and the surrounding regions.

With over 55,000 pieces spread throughout the thematic rooms, this is the largest collection of pre-Columbian South American gold in the world. The second floor of the museum is devoted to the findings by region and their usage while the third floor focuses on offerings and how the objects were implemented in worship and spiritual ceremonies.

Suggested Itinerary; Historical Colombia Tour


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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo, Brazil

One of the most important art museums in Brazil, Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo houses over 8,000 pieces of 19th and 20th-century art produced by Brazilian artists or related to Brazilian culture.

The museum hosts numerous forms of art with a heavy concentration on 19th-century sculptures and paintings as well as many modernist pieces including those of Tarsila do Amaral.  Established in 1911, Pina is the oldest museum in Sao Paulo. With over 30 exhibits the Pina welcomes 500,000 visitors a year.

Suggested Itinerary; History in Brazil – Discovering the Cultural Cities


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War Remnants Museum

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Unlike the numerous Art museums mentioned prior, the War Remnants Museum focuses on the effects of war on civilian life. Attracting over 15 million visitors, majorly from abroad, the museum conveys the heavily opposed and brutal warfare during the Vietnam war and its effects on the region.

Visitors can learn about the machinery and military equipment ranging from Tanks and bombs to airplanes and helicopters. Those interested in photography and humanitarian issues will be moved by the numerous documentary photo works on display.

Whether you are visiting as a history buff, a military fanatic, or a humanitarian, the War Remnants Museum teaches more than an ordinary textbook could ever convey.

Suggested Itinerary; Experience History & Nature in Southeast Asia


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The Apartheid Museum

Johannesburg, South Africa 

Close to downtown Johannesburg, The Apartheid Museum focuses on the racial segregation of South Africa from 1948 to 1994, illustrating the life of those living under the implementation of apartheid and white minority rule.

Guests are first greeted with two entrances labeled as “White” and “Non-white”. Depending on the ticket they are given they are ushered through the assigned entrance.

Other repressive measures that were taken during this time are exemplified in a thoughtful manner, giving visitors and in depth understanding of the disturbing oppression that people of color faced.

Suggested Itinerary; Contemporary, Lavish and Wild South Africa



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