Take a deep-dive into some of the most splendid museums across the world
With International Museum Day right around the corner, we thought it would be a brilliant opportunity for art-lover, travel enthusiastic readers to deep-dive into some of the most splendid museums across the world…
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The mesmerizing Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) houses some of the most respected collections of antiquities and artistic masterpieces. Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian chefs-d’oeuvre to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. Situated in Hancock Park on over 20 acres in the heart of Los Angeles, LACMA is located between the ocean and downtown.
The galleries of this museum takes the visitor through an arena of breathtaking experiences, weaving a complex tapestry right from priceless historic glimpses from 6,000 years ago to distinctive modern artifacts to suit every art lover. Recently Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja visited the LACMA Museum on their trip to the City of Angeles after which the actress took to social media to describe her exceptional experience.
Nelson Mandela Museum
The Nelson Mandela Museum in South Africa is more than a place; it is an experience that allows visitors to follow the footprints of a man whose long walk to freedom began in the foothills that rise from the banks of the Mbhashe River. His journey took him back to the village of Qunu where he put down roots and grew tall and strong. The young man listened to and learned from his elders, moved by their stories of battles for their land. His battle for liberation would be waged a long way from the rural landscape of his birth. It would take him from studying law at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, to the mines in Johannesburg, from the capital cities of the world and back to a prison cell on Robben Island before he emerged from his long imprisonment, unbowed and victorious on a summer day in February 1990. His gift is a living one, one that embodies his commitment to the principles of human rights, freedom, peace and democracy.
This constantly evolving legacy is housed in the Nelson Mandela Museum, with its two main sites: the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu, and the Bhunga Building in Mthatha. A third site, Mvezo, is not currently operated by the Museum. Here are the exhibitions that celebrate his life and his journey including Gift to the Nation that showcases the gifts he has received from the people, institutions and governments around the world, and a collection of images and artefacts that illustrate and illuminate his life. The Nelson Mandela Museum is situated on the N2 highway, and is the gateway to the Wild Coast. It offers a memorable cultural experience that gives insight into the life of Nelson Mandela, with guided tours and a heritage trail that follows his in his footsteps.