Cultural Gems: 12 Museums To Add to Your Bucket List Now

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One of the best ways to get to know a place is by visiting a local museum. But what makes a museum experience truly stand out? For me, it comes down to how immersive the setting is. Are the exhibitions creative in the way they share history? Do they make visitors feel a sense of wonder?

The following 12 museums deserve a place on your bucket list. They have proven popular among travelers in the long term and can hence be counted as true cultural gems!

1. Museum of the Future (Dubai)

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This Dubai-based museum is only a year old, but already, it has attracted the masses. Beyond its gorgeous calligraphy-style exterior, the exhibits within are unique. They include interactive spaces that awaken all your senses. Trust me, the futuristic showcases here will blow your mind. 

2. Topkapi Palace Museum (Istanbul)

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Located within Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace complex, this museum experience holds regal status. Not to be missed are the stunning Harem spaces. Those with an interest in Ottoman history are particularly spoiled.

3. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima)

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Documenting the World War II atomic bomb in Hiroshima, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum displays objects to convey the horror of nuclear weapons. One self-proclaimed museum professional states the museum had “incredibly well-designed exhibits that amplify the emotional aspect.”

Another individual, who isn’t a great fan of museums, thought it was “great in every sense,” adding that the spot was “cheap, exhibitions were well-translated, the narrative was easy to follow, and an easy-to-use audio guide was available.”

4. Museum of Broken Relationships (Zagreb)

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This unique museum exhibits pieces submitted by the brokenhearted to commemorate breakups. One fan states that the exhibits “range from sweet, to hilarious, to heartbreaking.” Another fan planned an entire solo trip to Europe to see the Museum of Broken Relationships and “was not disappointed.”

5. National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

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There’s plenty to see at the National Museum of Scotland. This free museum offers a “wonderful collection of Viking and Celtic artifacts, the Lewis chessmen, Dolly the Sheep, and an amazing gallery of fashion/style through the ages,” claims one visitor. A fellow traveler, who’d been to the Louvre and many other famous museums, added this was the “most fun museum ever.”

6. Musée de l’Orangerie (Paris)

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Perfect for fans of impressionist and post-impressionist pieces, one fan claims the Musée de l’Orangerie is an “awesome museum,” further stating, “I could go in there and sit in those two rooms for hours and feel like I was in my happy place.”

Many people particularly love Monet’s paintings. One individual explains, “Monet paintings bring me to tears every time I visit Musée de l’Orangerie.”

7. Parc Borghese (Rome)

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The Parc Borghese is a favorite among travelers, with one person stating that the museum “flies under the radar, and yet every piece there takes your breath away.” Fans of Parc Borghese chime in enthusiastically, saying the museum “stunned us,” that they were “blown away,” and that the museum was their “favorite in Italy.”

8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)

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The Met showcases artwork from around the globe. And it’s enormous. One fan of the museum proclaims the square footage was “nearly the equivalent of 14 Costco stores,” making it “impossible to see it all in one day.”

Many fans in the thread chime in to share their praise for The Met, stating that the museum has an “unbelievable amount of stuff,” that it’s “well-curated,” that “they have everything,” and “you really feel like you’re getting your money’s worth because you could basically spend an entire day in there.”

9. Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)

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Dedicated to the beautiful work of Van Gogh, the Van Gogh Museum is popular among travelers. One individual, who often visits large museums, thought it was “refreshing going to a museum focused on one artist and seeing how his work evolved and the impact it has had on the world.”

While visiting, one contributor had an emotional experience, stating that the museum was “life-changing.” Although never a huge fan of Van Gogh, the contributor explains that “observing all his works chronologically interspersed with his tragic life story was a very eye-opening experience.”

10. National WWII Museum (New Orleans)

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This military history museum is a favorite among travelers and locals alike. One person who lives in New Orleans is “amazed at how many tourists visit this city and never get past Bourbon Street and the tourist traps.” Glad to see their local museum on the thread, the individual believes “the WWII museum should be a must-see for anyone who comes here.”

Several users agree. One traveler in New Orleans states the museum blew them away, adding, “No museum has ever brought me to tears before, and I felt such intensity in emotions when I was there. The museum did an amazing job with the storytelling.”

11. City Museum (St. Louis)

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According to many, the City Museum is incredible. The exhibits consist primarily of repurposed objects. One fan claims the museum is “simply amazing” and their “favorite anthropology museum in the world.” Another added that they “had to go back two times on separate trips just to see everything.”

12. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Washington D.C.)

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The Smithsonian offers something for everyone, and users love exploring and discovering the space. Many users claim to love exhibits about planes, rocks, and dinosaurs, while one announced that the “breadth of subjects they cover there is something, and the human evolution exhibit is very well done. ”

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The planet is full of incredible peaks. Each continent hosts its own contenders. Long used as a symbol for challenges and overcomings, these natural wonders are solemn and majestic.

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15 Bucket List Hot Spots To See the Northern Lights

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One of the most enchanting natural phenomena in the Northern Hemisphere is the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. On the proper night, with perfect weather conditions and peak solar activity, you can see the stunning lights that paint the night sky. Here are some of the best places to view the Northern Lights.

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Perfect Winter Escapes: 10 Dreamy All-Inclusive Resorts Near Playa del Carmen

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With so many options, choosing where to stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, takes a lot of work. Each hotel and resort looks better than the last, and sometimes you’re unsure how to choose. 

Here are ten tried and tested, all-inclusive resorts and hotels in and around Playa del Carmen to help make your decision a little easier and your next vacation unforgettable.

Perfect Winter Escapes: 10 Dreamy All-Inclusive Resorts Near Playa del Carmen

Discover The 5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in The Caribbean for Vacation Bliss

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Many of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are doing a better job than ever of offering both seclusion and personalized travel experiences that appeal to even the newest generations of travelers.

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10 Cities With the BEST Mexican Food in the USA

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Who doesn’t love Mexican food? There are many fans of “Taco Tuesday,” though many Mexicans find this a little insulting, considering Mexican food can entail much elegant cookery. According to a recent online discussion, here are what people think are the best U.S. cities for Mexican cuisine — in no particular order.

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