There are very few sources of pleasure in the world that can match the joy of travelling to a new city. Especially for those who enjoy indulging in art, taking a cruise vacation to a picturesque region that also hosts museums and galleries, is a phenomenal experience. Nothing gets those creative juices flowing like discovering the art scene of a city far from yours. So, grab your cameras or easels and embark upon a journey to these six inspiring cities of famous art:
1. London, England
There is never a dull day in London for an appreciator of art as the city is home to many galleries and arts museums. Most of them are also free to visit, which makes the capital city an art lover’s paradise. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London showcases applied arts from around the world, including furniture, jewellery, fashion, glasswork, ceramics and sculpture. The Tate Britain is another art museum you must visit when you make a trip to London. The building contains the largest collection of British art in the world, with pieces dating from the 1500s to modern times. The National Gallery, located in Trafalgar square, is also a delight to visit as it hosts over 2,300 works of art. Cruise enthusiasts can visit the National Maritime Museum in Greater London to browse through paintings that focus on the many moods of the sea and the travails of navigation.
2. Florence, Italy
Simply stepping into the city of Florence brings you face-to-face with art. From public piazzas to famous galleries- art is everywhere. The Galleria dell’Accademia houses the renowned ‘David’ by Michelangelo, besides other sculptures by the artist and a collection of breath-taking Renaissance paintings. The Uffizi, on the other hand, is located near the sparkling Arno River and must be visited if you wish to behold the world’s most fascinating collection of Italian Renaissance art. Very close to the Uffizi gallery, is the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air museum that showcases antique sculptures. Built in the 14th century, this museum is very easily accessible as it requires no entry fee.
All art lovers must consider, taking a cruise trip to Singapore in order to experience the best that the seas have to offer, combined with the wonders of the most vibrant city in the world. The best Asian contemporary art can be enjoyed at the Singapore Art Museum, which was inaugurated in 1996. Pay a visit to the National Gallery to indulge in an extensive collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art that dates from the 19th century, all the way down to modern times. Another building that houses priceless pieces of art is the Peranakan Museum, dedicated to the culture of Peranakans- descendants of Straits Born Chinese. The items displayed at the museum include carved wedding bands and stunning ceremonial costumes.
4. Aarhus, Denmark
Arhus is Denmark’s second-largest city and a buzzing cultural hub. A walk down the city’s cobblestone streets will lead you to discover a seemingly endless number of galleries where you can spend hours browsing through art. The ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, established in 1859, is one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe. You can visit the ten-storey building to observe the museum’s large art collection as well as special exhibitions of Danish artists. The roof of the museum features an iconic rainbow panorama basement, while the gallery in the basement is influenced by Dante’s The Divine Comedy.
5. Paris, France
No list of art destinations of the world can ever be complete without a mention of the charming city of Paris. History and art are present at every corner of the city, and vacationers can begin with a visit to the Musée Carnavalet, which is a tribute to the tumultuous history of Paris. The Musée Picasso, as the name suggests, allows one to browse through the works of Pablo Picasso and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie is dedicated to modern photographic art. Visitors also throng to the famous Louvre museum, which has become a central landmark of the city. Another art museum, the Musée d’Orsay, showcases works by remarkable artists including Van Gogh, Manet, Cezanne and Renoir.
6. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is known as ‘Australia’s Cultural Capital’ for a reason. It offers a rather democratic approach to art, as paintings and sculptures can be found on walls and streets all across the city, for everyone to enjoy free of cost. This makes travelling by foot or riding the tram a delightful experience. The walls on Union Lane, in particular, feature some spectacular street art. The Ian Potter Centre is one of Melbourne’s top attractions and houses impressive collections of fashion, sculpture, photography and paintings. The MUMA, or Monash University Museum of Art, is one of Melbourne’s newer museums and features Australian contemporary art as well as pieces by artists from other countries.