10 Best Travel Destinations for Art Lovers - TheBimba

Travelling can be a hobby, a passion, an escape, or a necessity but we all have travelled to different parts of the world one way or the other. While we look at touristy places to explore new surroundings, art lovers look for artistic destinations.

We might have discovered all the artsy places in our own city but do you think you have seen enough in other cities and countries? Art destinations are the way to travel and explore art together; it is an experience that will fulfill all your art wishes. For your next trip, let The Bimba give you a helping hand so you can figure out the best travel destinations for art lovers.

The below-listed destinations are mesmerizing as a tourist place but the art scene in these cities is vibrant, diverse, and will keep you in awe for a very very long time. Read on to select your next artistic destination for travel:


  • Louvre Museum, Paris
  • The Louvre Museum, also known as Musée du Louvre, is situated in Paris and is one of the most famous and loved National museums for art. It’s the perfect choice for artistic destinations; the museum is housed inside the Louvre Palace built in the 12th century. It is the largest art museum in the world and also the most visited one and this footfall can be accredited to the world-famous painting ‘Mona Lisa’ painted by Leonardo da Vinci which is placed inside the museum.

    The collection in the museum consists of Egyptian antiquities, Near Eastern antiquities, Roman antiquities, Islamic Art and many more; it exhibits not only paintings but sculptures, drawings, and archaeological objects as well, which is why it makes it on top of the ‘best travel destinations for art lovers’ list.


  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • Welcome to the next stop of art destinations - New York City!  We’ve all heard about the famous ‘Met Gala’, where we wait for our favorite celebrities to dress up for the annual occasion and witness stunning creations come to life. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest art galleries in the world; situated in one of the most artistic destinations, New York City is one of the main attractions for art lovers.

    Their collection contains works from Classical Antiquity, Modern Art, Ancient Egypt, musical instruments, weapons, armors, costumes, accessories, and of course paintings which amasses to 2 million works. 


  • Vatican Museums, Vatican City
  • What happens when you want to experience the magic of art destinations in various places but have a tight budget? We’ll tell you the perfect solution — the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums are spread across the beautiful city of Vatican; taking a walk through the city is likee walking around one huge gallery.

    The city has 54 galleries that are collectively known as the Vatican Museums; they have a collection of over 70,000 artworks (20,000 on display and 50,000 in storage) that include artworks from the Renaissance period like the Roman sculptures and the world-famous ceiling of the Sistine Chapel painted by none other than Michelangelo. Don’t think anymore as this is not one but many artistic destinations.


  • Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad, India
  • India is a land of heritage and one of the best travel destinations for art lovers; a total of 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves with mesmerizing wall paintings and sculptures, Ajanta cave is one of the long-lasting and finest examples of ancient Indian art. Made in the 2nd century BCE in Aurangabad, these caves have a number of wall paintings that are related to Buddhism. 

    A major tourist attraction, the Ajanta Caves is a delight for an art lover. As one of the most artistic destinations in the world, it has been rightly declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.


  • National Gallery of Art, Washington 
  • The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC stands proudly next to the Sculpture Garden. Established in 1937, this museum houses works which have been donated by renowned personalities - Chester Date, Samuel Henry Kress, Paul Mellon, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Browne Widene,r amongst many others.

    The pride of this museum is the only portrait made by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas. The museum consists of paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints medals, etc - one of the art destinations to reckon with.


  • Santorini, Greece
  • It’s not difficult to guess our next suggestion for artistic destinations the streets and houses are whitewashed and the landscape of the island is dotted with blue-colored domes; we’ve seen it in Bollywood movies and it is the perfect place to send a pictorial postcard from to your loved ones. You’re right, it’s Santorini in Greece.

    While it could be the perfect getaway for all your problems, it is also a paradise for art lovers. It is picked as one of the best travel destinations for art lovers as it gives a glimpse of Akrotiri wall paintings, the famous Mati Art Gallery that displays the art of Yorgos Kypris, and the Art Space which is located inside rock-carved chambers of an old winery. 


  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • The next on the list of art destinations is Santa Fe in Mexico, USA. The art scene in Santa Fe consists of hundreds of galleries that display works related to Latino art, Native American Art, and more. It also has the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum which is dedicated to the artist itself.

    The Museum of International Folk Art consists of more than 130,000 objects which showcase the finest art one can spot. Another gallery you can head to is the Evoke Contemporary which showcases work from internationally acclaimed artists from around the world. Head to Santa Fe for your next experience of artistic destinations.


  • London, UK
  • If London reminds you of ‘The Crown’ then let us tell you that it has more to it; it’s not just the home to the monarch of the UK but it is also one of the artistic destinations that you should be traveling to next. The city is home to fascinating museums and galleries that houses the works of artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh. A must-visit are The British Museum, The National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain, and Tate Modern.


  • Chicago, USA
  • The love for art isn’t limited to paintings and sculptures; in this new era of technology, our next ‘art destinations’ suggestion is The Crown Fountain situated in Millenium Park, Chicago. The Crown Fountain is a 50-foot tall sculpture and is a work of public art. This video sculpture was made by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.

    It is one of the two towers situated in the park which displays images of the residents of Chicago that appears on the structure as if the water is sprouting out of their mouth. The water is released on a black granite reflecting pool and was opened to the public in July 2014. This creative modern art definitely makes it on our list of ‘best travel destinations for art lovers’.


  • Tanzania
  • A country that is famous for its culture and wildlife is also home to art forms and indigenous art that is spell bounding and goes back to many centuries. The famous Kondoa Rock Art sites, Tinga-Tinga paintings, and Makonde sculptures  (famous wooden sculptures that portray families and demons in wood). Make Tanzania one of your next artistic destinations.

    May 15, 2021 — Team Bimba