The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in Art & History


Musei Vaticani. Braccio Nuovo

The “Joy of Museums” explores the pleasures and understanding that can be found in all types of museums across the world. This site is for people who are visiting museums across the world, in increasing numbers and who are often searching for beauty and meaning.

A list of Masterpieces and Historical Objects covered by “Joy of Museums” can be found at Index of Masterpieces and Historical Objects. A list of Museums can be found at Museum Index.

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The content on this site will evolve into a book. Until then this is a project that indulges passions in art, beauty, history and philosophy, all of which can be found in most world-class museums. The evolution of this site is a meditative practice in visual design, photography, storytelling and the “search for meaning”.


This site will evolve over time. Some pages are in draft, requiring grammar or style corrections and are under review. This project involves writing, creating, designing and publishing in real time. Publishing to the world and seeking feedback as the site content grows with time. Expect to see more “Masterpiece” entries added to each museum and expect the number of “Museums” featured to grow. Contributions and feedback are welcome.

Museums web sites should be consulted for updated details on locations, opening times, permanent exhibits, special exhibits and exhibitions.


Text and photography copyright  ©  2017 Joy of Museums

All rights reserved.

No part of the contents of this site may be reproduced, without written permission of the Joy of Museums.

Every effort has been made to acknowledge copyright of images and works of art. Any errors or omissions are unintentional and should be reported by email to Corrections will be made as appropriate.

Every effort has been made to accurately present information based on multiple sources including:

  • Museum catalogues & guides
  • Museum item descriptions
  • Museum websites
  • Historical & Art reference books
  • Web sources such as Wikipedia

I have enjoyed visiting many of the museums featured in Joy of Museums. This website is dedicated to sharing the joy in some of my favourite museums. 


“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”  Vincent van Gogh


Photo Credit: By Jesús Moreno (Oliver-Bonjoch) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons