This page displays a list of the most important art museums exhibiting Old masters paintings and sculpture. Use the brief list on the right to go directly to the museums of a certain zone. Links to museums open in a new tab


Austria

KunsthistorischesThe Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna - One of the premier museums in the world. It houses an important collection of European paintings, including Bruegel's 'The Tower of Babel'

Alte Galerie, Graz - A quite good collection of European Art, including works by Lucas Cranach or Pieter Breughel the Younger


Belgium

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels - Arguably Belgium's greatest Art Museum, houses a good collection of Flemish paintings and Jacques Louis David's famous "Death of Marat"

Koninklijk Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp - A complete collection of Flemish old masters paintings, including works by Van Eyck, Patinir and Van der Weyden

Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent - A good collection of European Art, including two works by Hieronymus Bosch

Czech Republic

Národní GalerieNárodní Galerie (National Gallery of Art), Prague - Czech national Art museum, with an important collection of Western painting, including Albretch Dürer's "The Feast of the Rosary"

Denmark

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen - Arguably the most famous Art Museum in Denmark, this gallery houses Rodin's "The Thinker"

France

LouvreThe Louvre Museum, Paris - Arguably the world's most famous Museum. Take an online tour through its wonderful collection of antiquities and European painting, including Leonardo's Gioconda

Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris - This historical building at the Boulevard Haussmann houses a fine collection of Western paintings, including Paolo Ucello's "Saint George and the Dragon"

Musee d'Unterlinden, Colmar - Housed in a former convent dating back to the 13th century, exhibits an important group of paintings and sculptures from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Musée Fabre, Montpellier - Founded in 1825, this recently renovated museum houses an important collection of European painting, with works by Poussin, David, Rubens, Delacroix or Bazille

Musee des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg - One of the best collections of European painting in France, from Giotto and Botticelli to Courbet and Corot

Germany

Gemaldegalerie, BerlinGemaldegalerie, Berlin - Perhaps the best collection of European painting in Germany, exhibiting works from the 13th to the 20th century. Works by Dürer, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Raphael...

Kunsthalle, Bremen - One of the best art collections in Germany, features old masters like Dürer and Masolino, and also impressionist and modern masters

Gemaldegalerie, DresdenGemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden - More than 700 old masters paintings - including works by Titian, Botticelli, Rembrandt and Raphael- collected by the Electors of Saxony

Alte Pinakothek, Munich - The most important Art collection in Bavaria, includes works by Dürer, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Poussin and Velázquez, among others

Städel, Frankfurt - Exhibits a large group of European paintings (van Eyck's "Lucca Madonna" or Vermeer's "The geographer") and more than 500 sculptures

Ireland

National Gallery of IrelandNational Gallery of Ireland, Dublin - Exhibits an important collection of European paintings, including Velázquez's "The supper at Emaus" and the famous "The taking of Christ" by Caravaggio

Netherlands

RijksmuseumThe Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - Netherlands National Museum. As you can expect, it houses the world's most important collection of Dutch painting, including Rembrandt's The Nightwatch

Mauritshuis, The Hague - An excellent collection of Dutch and Flemish painting, including two masterpieces by Jan Vermeer: "View of Delft" and "Girl with a pearl earring", as well as a self-portrait by Rembrandt

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam - It is the main art museum in Rotterdam, with works by Brueghel, Hyeronimus Bosch ("The pedlar")

Poland

National Museum, Warsaw - Exhibits a good collection of European paintings, with works by Botticelli, Rubens, Rembrandt and Cranach, among others

Czartoryski Museum, Krakow - Houses a small but very interesting collection of different artworks, being its centerpiece the fabulous "Lady with an Ermine" by Leonardo da Vinci

Sweden

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm - Sweden's greatest museum, with an extensive collection of European paintings and drawings, includin Rembrandt's "The conspiracy of Claudius Civilis"

Russia

HermitageThe Hermitage Museum, Saint Petesburg - (or Ermitage) is the most important Museum in Russia and also the largest Art collection in the world, with an entire room devoted to Peter Paul Rubens

Switzerland

Kunstmuseum, Basel - Houses an important collection of Dutch and Flemish old masters paintings, and a good collection of impressionist and modern paintings

Kunstmuseum, Bern - A very important collection of European painting, including 'Maestà' by Duccio di Buoninsegna, and many Dutch and Flemish paintings

Ukraine

Museum of Western and Oriental Art, Kiev - Houses the largest collection of Art in Ukraine, with a group of old masters paintings

United Kingdom

The National Gallery of LondonThe National Gallery, London - houses one of the world's finest collection of European painting. It is arguably the most complete collection of European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries

National Portrait Gallery, London - Houses a collection of portraits of historical British people. Artists represented includes William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds and Hans Holbein the younger

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London - Build by John Soane, exhibits one of the finest collections of old masters paintings in Europe, including Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens and Poussin

Wallace Collection, London - An historical 19th century building housing a very good collection of European paintings (Rembrandt, Titian, Velázquez)

Kenwood House, Hampstead, London - This important 17th century building exhibits a small but interesting selection of old masters paintings, including Rembrandt's "Self-portrait"

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge - The collection of the Cambridge University is one of the most important in England, with works by Martini and Titian, among others

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool - Houses a large and important group of European paintings from 14th to 20th centuries, including works by Hans Holbein

National Gallery of ScotlandNational Gallery of Scotland, Edimburg - The most important Art Museum in Scotland, with an important collection of painting, including the recently acquired "Madonna of the roses" by Botticelli

Croatia

Mimara Museum, Zagreb - A quite complete Museum of Art, with works from the Prehistoric period to contemporary Art. Exhibits works by Velázquez, Raffaello and Renoir, among others

Hungary

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest - This large museum houses an interesting collection of Egyptian antiquities, classical sculptures and European paintings, including Raphael, Velázquez and Goya

Italy

VaticanThe Vatican Museums, Vatican City - Here you'll find some of the most important works of Art of the History, such as the Sistine Chapel or Raphael's The School of Athens

Galleria Borghese, Rome - Houses a very interesting collection of Italian paintings and sculptures, including an outstanding group of works by Bernini

Capitoline Museums, Rome - A group of Art and archaeological Museums in Rome, with a large collection of Italian sculptures, including Bernini's "Medusa"

Galleria Doria Pamphili, Rome - One of the most important private buildings in Italy, houses and important collection of Art, including Velázquez's "Portrait of Inocencio X"

Pinacoteca Civica Francesco Podesti, Ancona - A good collection of old master paintings, including Titian and Sebastano del Piombo

Accademia Carrara, Bergamo - Exhibits works by Bellini, Bassano, Canaletto, and Rubens, among others

UffiziThe Uffizi, Florence - The most important collection of Italian Renaissance painting. In this excellent website you can works such as Botticelli's Venus or Giotto's Ognisanti Madonna.

Palazzo Pitti, Florence - An impressive Renaissance palace exhibiting a large collection of Italian old masters paintings and porcelain and silver artifacts

Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano - Houses a small but highly important collection of Italian painting, including Raphael's famous "The marriage of the Virgin" and Mantegna's "Dead Christ"

Castello Sforzesco, Milano - This historical 15th century building, once owned by Francesco Sforza, exhibits works by Leonardo, Michelangelo and Mantegna, among others

Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milano - One of the finest collections of old master paintings in Italy, including works by Piero della Francesca, Mantegna or Botticelli

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milano - A spectacular collection of Italian painting, including 'Portrait of a musician' by Leonardo, or Caravaggio's 'Basket of fruit'

Museo di Capodimonti, Naples - A large palace housing a collection of paintings from the 13th to the 18th century (Raphael, Titian, Martini)

Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, Perugia- Its collections of early Italian painting include Duccio's 'Madonna dei domenicani' and works by Perugino

Galleria Sabauda, Turin - A good collection of early European painting, exhibits works by Mantegna, Van Eyck and Rembrandt, among others

Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice- A very good collection of Italian painting, with works by Titian, Mantegan or Carpaccio

Portugal

National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon - Houses a great collection of Portuguese painting, and also exhibits works by Dürer, Bosch, Velázquez and Raphael, among others

Spain

PradoEl Museo del Prado, Madrid - (Prado Museum) is Spain's most important museum, featuring the best collection of Spanish painting in the world, including 'Las Meninas' by Velázquez

Thyssen Museum, Madrid - houses one of the finest private collection of Western painting ever collected, from Duccio da Buonisegna to the German Expressionist

Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid - A surprising museum exhibiting masterpieces by Goya ("Aquelarre"), El Greco or Hieronymus Bosch

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Barcelona - houses a very complete collection of Spanish and Catalonian painting, also some important European paintings

Museo de Bellas Artes, Sevilla - a very good collection of Spanish old masters paintings, with nice paintings by Velázquez and Ribera

Canada

National Gallery of CanadaNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa - Exhibits one of the greatest collections of paintings in North America, with works by Rembrandt, Rubens or Van Gogh

USA

MetropolitanThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Arguably America's greatest museum. Its spectacular collection includes works by Giotto or Jan Van Eyck.

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York - Houses an extensive collection of Art, with works by Carlo Crivelli and Frans Hals

The Frick Collection, New York - Exhibits a small but excellent collection of European paintings, including works by Titian, Rembrandt, Velázquez and Turner, among others

Museum of Fine Arts, BostonThe Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the oldest and most respected Art institutions of North America, with an outstanding collection of Western Art (Titian, Dürer...).

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston - Exhibits a great selection of European and American paintings. In 1990, three works by Rembrandt and a Vermeer were stolen from the Museum

The National Gallery of WashingtonThe National Gallery of Washington features a complete collection of Western painting from the 13th to the 20th century. Its "star sections" are the early Renaissance and the American painting

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia - One of the greatest Museums in North America, with a great collection of European Art, highlighted by 'Epiphany' by Hieronymus Bosch

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford - The oldest Museum in the U.S. houses a great selection of European paintings, including Caravaggio's "St. Francis in Ecstasy"

Art Institute of ChicagoThe Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the most outstanding Art collections of the United States, featuring masterpieces such as a Sain Martin by El Greco

Detroit Institute of ArtsDetroit Institute of Arts, Detroit - One of the greatest Museums in North America, with a great collection of European Art, including van Eyck, Rembrandt and Delacroix

Museum of Art, Cleveland - One of the most complete art collections in America, exhibits some important old master paintings, such as Caravaggio's 'The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew'

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth - A great building by Louis Kahn housing an exceptional collection of Art, including paintings by Caravaggio and Rembrandt

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City - One of the best Art collections in America, including paintings by Caravaggio, Titian and Rembrandt

Meadows Museum, Dallas - Houses one of the best collections of Spanish paintings outside Spain, with works by Velázquez, Goya, Murillo and El Greco

GettyThe Getty Center in Malibu is arguably the world's wealthiest Museum, with an great collection of antiquities and paintings. Works exhibited includes Titian's Alfonso d'Avalos

Legion of Honor, San Francisco - Exhibits and good collection of antiquities, and a rich collection of European painting, with works by Fra Angelico or Rembrandt

Brazil

Sao Paulo Museum of ArtSao Paulo Museum of Art, Sao Paulo - Considered the greatest Art collection in South America, this Museum exhibits a great selection of paintings, with works by Raphael, Botticelli or van Gogh

South Africa

Johannesburg Art Gallery / Pretoria Art Museum, Johannesburg - Arguably the best collection of European paintings in Africa, includes works by El Greco

Japan

Museum of Western Art, Tokyo - Exhibits a great collection of European paintings, including old masters (Rubens, Veronese...)

Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne - Opened in 2006, exhibits works by Bernini and Rembrandt, among others

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