The Joy of Museums

Finding Beauty & Meaning in Museums


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 globe, in increasing numbers and who are often searching for beauty and understanding.

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.

For updates on new Museums and new Masterpieces follow “Joy of Museums” via Facebook or Tweeter.

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. Some pages are in the draft stage, requiring additions and corrections and are under review. This project involves writing, creating, designing and publishing in real time. Posting 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 increase. Contributions and feedback are welcome.

Museums websites 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 the written permission of the Joy of Museums.

Every effort has been made to acknowledge the 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.


The following terms and conditions apply to your use of this website. Please read them carefully.

Use of the website

Content on this site is not to be copied, reproduced, or transmitted for personal or commercial use, or publicly displayed without the express written permission of Joy of Museums in accordance with the relevant Copyright Acts.


The website attempts to be as accurate as possible. However, we do not warrant that the content on the site is accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free.
We appreciate all feedback and request you email us at with any areas of concern.


This website is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the site or the information, content or materials included on this site. Your use of the site is at your own risk. Joy of Museums will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of the site, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive and consequential damages.

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We reserve the right to make any changes to our website, policies and these Terms & Conditions at any time. If any of these conditions are deemed invalid, void or for any reason unenforceable, that condition shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition.


Every effort has been made to accurately present information based on the various sources, including:

  • Museum catalogues & guides
  • Museum item descriptions
  • Museum websites
  • Historical & Art reference books
  • Web sources
  • Wikipedia
  • Public Domain Images
  • Wikimedia Commons


Q: Why do you not have more Modern Art?

A: The approach to all featured stories in “Joy of Museums” is to use an image or picture to lead and illustrate the story. Most Modern Art is restricted by Copyright and can not be used or distributed without permission. So “Joy of Museums” is limited to featuring art and objects for which permission has been granted.

Q: How long does Copyright last?

A: Copyright typically expires 50 to 100 years after the author or artist death, depending on the jurisdiction.

Q:  Why do you not feature any art or exhibits, for some featured Museums you have on “Joy of Museums”?

A: For many museums, we do not have any photographs that can be used to create a feature story. Please submit photographs with appropriate permission to reproduce your submission and we would be happy to feature any relevant Art or Museum exhibits.

Thank You

We have enjoyed visiting many of the museums featured in Joy of Museums. This site 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