Top World Museums For a Good Museum Selfie

January 17, 2024

January 18, 2024 is Museum Selfie Day – a chance to pose before a world or local museum, or in front of an exhibit if permitted, and grab that compelling selfie that tells the world you are a heritage, culture or art lover.

To help celebrate the day, Europesure Travel Insurance has created some ideas of where you might wish to head on your travels, to both grab the must-have self-portrait and see some amazing exhibits too.  

Just buy and pack your travel insurance before you head off from your home in the UK, EU, EEA, Monaco or Gibraltar and leave us to step in, if you should slip on those marble steps, lose your passport whilst lost in a reverie of art, or have to cancel before you’ve even had time to appreciate that Canaletto!

MoMA – the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Boasting works from Picasso to Pollack and a whole lot more in-between, MoMA is the amazing museum to which to bolt if you want to appreciate over 200,000 works of modern and contemporary art up close and personal.  Paintings, sculptures, designed objects, scripts, media works, historical documents and much more, makes this a must-see attraction within the Big Apple.  Highlights might well be Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’, Frida Kahlo self-portraits or Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans.  However, the first time the museum dedicated its entire space to one artist was for Picasso, in 1980.  It currently has a ‘Picasso in Fontainbleau’ exhibition running until February 17, 2024 and, if you can get there before then, it’s not to be missed!  Just make sure you buy worldwide travel insurance that includes North America.

The Acropolis Museum, Athens

Head to the historic area of Makriyianni and you can view all of the amazing archaeological findings discovered around the Acropolis of Athens, with items from the Greek Bronze Age and the Byzantine era, catching the eye.  With over 4,000 sculptures and antiquities to enjoy in the Acropolis Museum, it has to be on any itinerary that’s taking in the Greek capital.  Each Saturday morning, you can explore this in more depth by booking on to the English speaking 20+1 Masterpieces tour, led by an archaeological expert.  If you want to give the kids something special, and can get there before May 26, 2024, you can enjoy the Superheroes of the Acropolis experience.  Whether your kids learn about Theseus in the Labyrinth or Hercules and the Hydra, they will relish stepping into the shoes of a Greek superhero – and can even become comic book superheroes themselves!

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Photo by Luna Wang on Unsplash

The iconic national museum of the Netherlands tells the story of 800 years of Dutch history, from 1200 until the present day, with a particular focus on Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer.  Located at the heart of Amsterdam’s Museum Square, the 800 objects are bound to thrill, whilst the museum itself is very photogenic for that Museum selfie.  With a Van Gogh self-portrait, Vermeer’s ‘Milkmaid’ and a Frans Hals exhibition running from February to June 2024, there is a lot to grab the attention, with this including a dolls’ house collection.  Guided tours can also introduce you to the best of the Rijksmuseum, if you are struggling to crystallise all the best bits for yourself.  What you should not miss seeing is Operation Night Watch – the work that is going on to restore the Rembrandt masterpiece of ‘The Night Watch’, live and on-view through a carefully constructed glass chamber.  With the current challenge being varnish removal, this should be a fascinating insight into what goes into keeping a 400-year-old painting in the condition that will thrill many future generations.

The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xi’an, China

Visiting this 16,300 square metre site is a must,  if you are heading to China.  Here, you can view the 7000 pottery warriors, chariots, horses and weapons that were inadvertently discovered by farmers in Shaanxi Province.  Life-size figures communicate what the Imperial Guard of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210 BC) would have looked like, in their finery and fearsome war garb.  Independent visitors should try to visit in the afternoons, when the large groups are not typically at the site in such great numbers.  Just don’t miss the last bus out and do make sure you have bought worldwide travel insurance for your trip.

The Vatican Museums, Rome

Within Vatican City, there are several museums that showcase the glorious works of art and objects acquired by the Catholic Church and the papacy, over the course of many centuries. These include some of the most celebrated sculptures from the Roman era but also renowned Renaissance works of art from names such as da Vinci and Caravaggio.  Notable pieces such as Vasari’s ‘Adoration of the Magi’ and Raffaello Sanzio’s ‘The Transfiguration’, are juxtaposed with objects including the Phoenix Crown, within museums such as the Pinacoteca, the Christian Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum and the Gregorian Etruscan Museum. Naturally, what you must not overlook, is the Sistine Chapel and the remarkable ceiling created by Michelangelo.  Beyond that, don’t overlook your travel insurance, even if you think Rome is just a short hop from home and nothing bad can possibly happen.  You just never know.

The British Museum, London

This was the first national museum in the world, created when Sir Hans Sloane passed over 71,000 items into the hands of the state, back in 1753.  The building, with its distinct Green Revival style, which was the handiwork of architect, Sir Robert Smirke, is distinguished by its copper-domed Reading Room and is identifiable the world over.  Of course, it is (controversially) home to the Elgin Marbles and also the Rosetta Stone, for which you may wish to make a beeline.  Just remember that, if you are an expat returning to Britain, you will need to buy travel insurance to cover your trip.  Your access to the level of NHS care that you used to enjoy will no longer exist and, unless you have your own travel insurance, you could be left paying for treatment and, most certainly, any repatriation that was necessary, to get you back to your new home.

Have fun deciding where you could grab a museum selfie this January, even if it is just at your local town’s museum, and try to explore the exhibits and artworks that your chosen museum boasts.  If the one you select is ‘abroad’ and not in the country in which you live, make sure you head to to buy that all-important travel insurance protection.  Single trip and annual multi-trip policies are both available and there are three levels of cover from which to choose. Delete the elements of cover you don’t need and add in those that you think would be highly advisable, whether that is to cover golf equipment, winter sports activities, car hire excess, weddings or terrorism.

After that, sit back, relax and plan that museum selfie!

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