LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - April 3, 2013) - On the 9th April, our treasured National Gallery will be 175 years old! Several buildings were demolished to give it pride of place on Trafalgar Square in 1838 and around 5 million people from all over the globe make the trip to see its incredible collection every year. Viewing the best art in other parts of the world is more accessible than ever and of course, any visit to a gallery can be combined with a lovely holiday. Here are 5 of the top art galleries in the world - all a short flight away from the UK.
This is the most visited art gallery in the world. A whopping 8.5 million people walk through its doors every year. There are around 35,000 works of art on display from all corners of the Earth at any given time.
The site is well organised with different bands of tickets to include different areas. This means you can pay a little less if you only have a few hours to spare and you want to see something specific. The gallery's most famous attraction is Leonardo di Vinci's Mona Lisa painting. There's a permanent crowd of tourists in front of this masterpiece.
Metropolitan, New York
This museum of art rocketed up the visitor tables with the help of the modern Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty collection in 2011. As well as housing some stunning works by the likes of Caravaggio and Jackson Pollock, it also hosts lots of events such as educational talks and music concerts. The flight time may be a little longer than to European destinations but last minute holidays from Thomas Cook mean you can get a return flight and somewhere to stay for around £500.
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
The Hermitage is almost peerless in its comprehensive collection of three million works of art. Among them visitors can find amazing examples of paintings, sculptures, graphic works and even archaeological finds. As with many of these internationally-renowned galleries and museums, a visit is worth it to see the building alone!
Museo del Prado, Madrid
This museum features one of the finest collections of European art and has undoubtedly the best collection of Spanish art in the world. Famous works by Bosch and De Goya are some of the big highlights, but the main attraction is Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, the leading light of the so-called 'Golden Age' of Spanish painting.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
The Uffizi is one of the oldest art galleries in the world. The palatial surroundings are absolutely breathtaking. Over 1.5 million people visit works from Di Vinci, Raphael and Titian every year and the gallery is a must-see for anyone visiting Florence on a city break.