The world’s most renowned art museums might have some famous paintings, but there are a few other collections that deserve some attention. Instead of visiting the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the British Museum on your next getaway, opt for a museum that might be lesser known, but certainly not less in quality.
This contemporary art museum is quickly becoming one of the hottest sites in Paris. Located along the Seine River in a former residential building, Tower 13 features work from 105 urban street artists from 18 countries, including Tunisia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The vibrant artwork lines the walls of the building’s 36 apartment units, giving visitors an unconventional gallery-viewing experience. Lasting only until the end of the year, the exhibit will be destroyed with the building to pave the way for a new housing project.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Most travellers to Los Angeles opt to visit the Getty Center for its breath-taking views of the sprawling metropolis, but nestled in the center of the basin is the Los Angeles County Museum, an impressive multi-building complex that houses some of the most exciting art exhibits in the U.S. Sitting on the grounds of the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA features vast collections that span from 10,000 B.C. to contemporary times. From time to time, the museum hosts atypical film exhibits honoring various directors, including Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick. LACMA is also home to the iconic Urban Light installation, a dazzling array of antique gas lamps that have been featured in numerous Hollywood films.
The Nukus Museum of Art
Located in the sixth largest city in Uzbekistan, the Nukus Museum of Art is one of the art world’s most hidden treasures. The museum possesses the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant garde art, as well as one of the largest archives of archeological artifacts and applied art that originated in Central Asia. There is also a substantial collection of social realist art leftover from the former Soviet Union.
Museum of Bad Art
If you’re traveling to Boston, take the Red Line subway out to Somerville to check out the Museum of Bad Art. Located in the basement of the historic Somerville Theatre, the community-curated museum presents an eclectic display of kitsch, cheekily celebrating the worst art it could find. While some of the portraits might look like they were done by your grandmother or, in some cases, an extraterrestrial being, the artwork is sure to make you appreciate fine taste. MOBA also has a gallery across the Charles River in the lobby of the Brookline Access Television building.