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    Traveler's Choice: The World's Best Museums For 2016

    Museums have been keeping bored travelers occupied for so long there should be a museum dedicated to museums.
    But while some are just dusty collections of old fossils where folks go to soak up the aircon and feel weary, others can blow minds.
    Review site TripAdvisor has been sifting through its annual barrel of good and bad write-ups to find out which of the planet's museums are currently the most praiseworthy.

    Blockbuster collections
    Its Travelers' Choice awards, released Tuesday, offer little love for Asian and African institutions, but have good news for many scene stalwarts in Europe and the Americas.

    It's hard to argue with the winner: Top of the heap is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the vast New York institution that houses ancient artefacts alongside a who's who of classical and modern art.
    Likewise, the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Paris's art-crammed Musee d'Orsay and London's British Museum are all blockbuster collections that keep the crowds returning year after year.
    Not for the first time, there's no place in the top 10 for Paris's Louvre, even though it regularly clocks in as one of the world's most-visited attractions.

    Here's the top 10:
    1. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
    2. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
    3. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
    4. Musee d'Orsay, Paris
    5. National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
    6. National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York City
    7. Prado Museum, Madrid
    8. British Museum, London
    9. Acropolis Museum, Athens
    10. Vasa Museum, Stockholm
    10. Vasa Museum -- Stockholm, Sweden – TripAdvisor has revealed its Traveler's Choice world's best museum awards. In 10th place is Stockholm's Vasa Museum. The maritime showcase takes its name from the prize exhibit, an almost completely intact 17th-century ship. The Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, but 333 years later, the warship was salvaged.

    9. Acropolis Museum -- Athens, Greece – Dedicated to the archaeological findings from the Acropolis of Athens, the Acropolis Museum is a trove of historical artifacts -- illuminating the story of Ancient Greece.

    2. Art Institute of Chicago -- Chicago – In second place is the Art Institute of Chicago, famous for its encyclopaedic collection -- which includes Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic." The museum makes a famous cameo in John Hughes 1986 teen classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" -- and remains as popular in 2016.

    8. British Museum -- London, UK – Established in 1753, the British Museum tells the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present day. The museum has 10 curatorial and research departments -- from "Ancient Egypt and Sudan" to "Britain, Europe and Prehistory." It's also free entry.

    1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art -- New York City – The Met -- the United States' largest art museum -- has been crowned the world's best museum, according to TripAdvisor users. Located on Manhattan's Museum Mile, the Met is home to European masters as well as interiors from first-century Rome.

    4. Musée d'Orsay -- Paris, France – Paris's Musee d'Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world -- from Van Gogh's self-portraits to Monet's gardens at Giverny. The building is as beautiful as the art -- it's the former Gare d'Orsay railway station, an art nouveau masterpiece.

    5. National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) -- Mexico City, Mexico – Mexico's largest museum, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, takes the number five spot in TripAdvisor's list. Famous for its archaeological and anthropological artifacts dating from Mexico's pre-Columbian heritage, the museum's collection includes the Stone of the Sun and a room dedicated to Mayan culture.

    7. Prado National Museum -- Madrid, Spain – Spain's premier art museum, the Prado in Madrid, is home to one of Pablo Picasso's most famous works -- the striking anti-war painting "Guernica." It's also host to works by Francisco Goya and Hieronymous Bosch.

    3. State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace -- St. Petersburg, Russia – More than three million works of art are housed in the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, one of the world's largest and most prestigious museums. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, the museum has been a must for St. Petersburg tourists since it was first open to the public in 1852.

    6. The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum -- New York City, New York – New York's National September 11 Memorial & Museum commemorates the victims of the deadly attacks on the city's World Trade Center in 2001 and 1993. Located at the former site of the Twin Towers, the museum hosts three main exhibits -- including the historical exhibition -- which explores the events leading up to 9/11 and their aftermath.

    TripAdvisor also lists the top museums in the United States:
    1. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
    2. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
    3. National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York City
    4. National WWII Museum, New Orleans
    5. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC
    6. USS Midway Museum, San Diego, California
    7. Getty Center, Los Angeles
    8. Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex, Titusville, Florida
    9. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
    10. American Museum of Natural American History, New York City
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