The world is chockfull of fascinating holidays that not many people may be aware of. One of these holidays just so happens to fall next week: International Museum Day. Every year, since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) organizes International Museum Day on May 18 to raise awareness of the role museums play in the development of culture and society. Each year centers around a different theme, and participating museums plan an array of activities that can last anywhere from a day to an entire week.
In honor of next week’s International Museum Day, we thought it fitting to highlight some of the incredible museums we visit on some of our Shore Excursions. Below are seven of the most fascinating, extraordinary, and unexpected museums you can explore on our tours:
ABBA Museum (Stockholm, Sweden) – Named one of the top three destinations in Sweden by international travel agencies at the yearly Swedish Tourist Gala 2013, ABBA The Museum pays tribute to Sweden’s most successful band. On this tour, you’ll enjoy the unique opportunity to trace the band’s historically acclaimed career from the group’s beginnings in 1970, through their grand world tours, to their split in 1983.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) – Not only is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi the world’s first and largest indoor Ferrari-themed park, teeming with exciting race tracks and roller coaster rides, but the facility also features an amazing Ferrari Museum and interactive Galleria, where you’ll find an impressive display of Ferrari cars and memorabilia.
Gold Museum (Bogotá, Columbia) – If you’re craving a trip back through time, then visit the Gold Museum. Here, you’ll find the largest selection of Pre-Hispanic works of gold, including pottery, archaeological objects, and other artifacts fashioned from what was a sacred metal to an array of South America’s indigenous cultures.
Atomic Bomb Museum (Nagasaki, Japan) – The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum contains several relics pertaining to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and aims to educate the public on the historical events that took place in 1942, as well as to foster peace between nations. At the museum, you’ll find a permanent exhibit of photographs taken immediately after the atomic blast, as well as artifacts that survived the explosion.
Biodiversity Museum (Panama City, Panama) – Incredible architecture, natural wonders and three million years of Panama history await you when visiting the Biodiversity Museum in Panama. Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Bio museum, features eight unique gallery exhibits, each of which tells the story of the Panamanian Isthmus and its impact on the planet’s biodiversity.
Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain) – On our Shore Excursion to the legendary Guggenheim Museum in Spain, you’ll tour an incredible display of permanent and visiting collections of contemporary art, dating from mid-20th century to the present day. The museum has been hailed as one of the most important architectural feats of the modern era, and the structure itself, fashioned out of titanium, glass, and limestone, is quite a sight to see.
Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia) – The Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest art and cultural museums in the world. Nestled in St. Petersburg, the cultural heart of Russia, this renowned museum was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and showcases over three million priceless works of art, including Renaissance, Greek, Egyptian, and even Pre-Historic pieces from the 3rd century BC.
These are just a few of the many wonderful museums you can visit on a Celebrity Cruises® Shore Excursion. For a full list of museum tours, be sure to visit our website.