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The 10 Best History Museums for your Bucket List

If you are a history lover, no doubt museums are a favorite haunt. The following list of Top 10 Bucket List History Museums comes from a December 31, 2022 article by Zachary Mack for yahoo!life:

1. Topkapı Palace Museum (Istanbul, Turkey)
Located in the heart of Istanbul on the riverbank at the mouth of the Bosphorus Strait, the Topkapı Palace Museum is housed in a palace that served as the residence of Ottoman sultans for four centuries. The museum is home to a rich collection of ceramics, jewelry, textiles, and other artifacts spanning a wide range of historical periods, from the civilizations of Anatolia to the Byzantine Empire.

2. The Acropolis Museum (Athens, Greece)
Located next to the Acropolis, this museum, with its sleek and modern design, is a truly extraordinary destination. This is a thematic museum, the collections of which include the findings of only one archaeological site, the Athenian Acropolis.

3. Anne Frank House (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Housed in an unassuming Dutch dancing house lies the hiding place of author Anne Frank and her family—German Jews who fled to Amsterdam during World War II and spent several years in hiding. It was here that Anne penned her famous diary, documenting her time in hiding and shedding light on the human psyche of a teenage girl in a world at war. It’s impossible to visit this living museum unchanged and unable to forget the dark shadows of the past.

4. National World War I Museum & Memorial (Kansas City, Missouri)
In 1920, the National WWI Museum and Memorial, then known as the Liberty Memorial Museum, began collecting objects and documents from all nations involved in the First World War. Over 100 years later, the Museum and Memorial, along with the Edward Jones Research Center, is home to one of the largest Great War collections in the world – more than 350,000 items.

5. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, New Zealand)
The History Collection at Te Papa includes many dresses and textiles, the oldest of which date back to the sixteenth century, as well as the New Zealand Post Archive with around 20,000 stamps and related objects, and the Pacific Collection with about 13,000 historic and contemporary items from the Pacific Islands. The museum also has the world’s largest specimen of the rare colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) and a significant collection of fossils, a herbarium of about 250,000 dried specimens, and a collection of about 70,000 specimens of New Zealand birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.

6. Egyptian Antiquities Museum (Cairo, Egypt)
One of the most extensive collections of ancient Egyptian antiquities can be found at the Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Cairo. The impressive collection houses statues, relics, pieces of art, and even well-preserved mummies. One particularly mesmerizing exhibit displays the golden treasures discovered in the excavation of the tomb of King Tut, including his golden mask.

7. National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum (Cooperstown, New York)
The Museum preserves the history of and honors excellence in America’s pastime. Beyond the iconic Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery are exhibits that tell the story of baseball’s impact on our lives and our country drawn from a collection of 40,000 lovingly preserved artifacts and more than 3 million library items. There is plenty for the hard-core fan to absorb: plaques, stats, equipment donned by the game’s greatest players, as well as important figures that many have now forgotten. There are uniforms worn on ancient fields and pieces of ballparks long faded from communities across the country.

8. Judisches Museum (Berlin, Germany)
The Jewish Museum Berlin, opened in 2001, is located in the heart of Berlin in a building designed by Daniel Libeskind that has long since become a city landmark. It is the largest Jewish museum in Europe, with 3,500 square meters of exhibit space that presents the history of Jews in Germany from the Middle Ages to the present day.

9. Georgian National Museum (Tbilisi, Georgia)
The museum houses over fifty thousand artifacts. They reflect Tbilisi’s history from the end of the 4 millennium BCE to the present day. The museum presents archeological, ethnological, and archival materials as well as pieces of national and applied arts, and a rich photo collection. It illuminates Georgia’s pivotal role in the history of the Middle East, Europe, and the Caucasus region,

10. Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel)
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem offers a fascinating look into Biblical history, It features a large collection of ancient art and artifacts, including painstakingly preserved fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls. Outside, visitors can look down from a platform at an enormous scale model of ancient Jerusalem, with its central second Temple, complete with gold detail.