Can You Guess the Museum?

Explore these institutions from home and see if you can guess where you are

By Google Arts & Culture

Great CourtBritish Museum

Are you a museum-lover? Then this is the quiz for you. Scroll on to use Street View and explore the hallowed halls or iconic exteriors of five museums. Do you recognize them?

Question 1

One of the most famous galleries in the world, this museum of art is home to an incredible array of paintings. Up ahead, you can see Rembrandt's famous painting, The Night Watch, and if you wander around you might find a Vermeer or two. So, can you guess where you’ve landed?

The Night Watch (1642) by Rembrandt Harmensz van RijnRijksmuseum

Answer: The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Displaying 8,000 works of their vast 1-million-object collection, The Rijksmuseum boasts perhaps the world's most comprehensive collection of Dutch art, including, of course, a healthy helping of Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Question 2

Home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of classical antiquities in the world, this famous museum welcomes around 5.8 million visitors every year. Its best known artefacts include The Rosetta Stone, the Crouching Venus and a 7.5 ton bust of Ramesses the Great. So where is it?

The Rosetta Stone (-196/-196)British Museum

Answer: The British Museum

Established in 1753, The British Museum was the first public national museum in the world. Its Greek-revival façade would look at home on any Hellenic temple while its location in the heart of Bloomsbury puts it right at the center of learning and culture in the UK capital. Today, the museum has around 13 million objects in its vast collection.    .

Question 3

Dating back to the early 15th century, this next entry is undoubtedly the oldest museum on our list. Made up of around 980 buildings, and covering an area of 720,000 square meters, it’s also the biggest. Every year around 14 million people visit this site – where would you have to go to join them?

Rooftops of the Forbidden City, Beijing, ChinaGianfranco Ferré Research Center, Politecnico di Milano

Answer: The Forbidden City, Beijing

Officially known as The Palace Museum, The Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420. It served as the home of Chinese emperors and their households for almost 500 years, and now holds an incredible collection of Chinese artwork and beautifully preserved wooden structures. 

Question 4

Arguably the most eclectic entry on our list, this institution is made up of an incredible 19 museums and galleries. Covering everything from art and natural sciences to aviation history, together, these museums welcome around 30 million people per year. Can you work out where this titanic institution is?

Patent Office. Illustration / Smithsonian Institution (1887) by Joseph West MooreNational Women’s History Museum

Answer: The Smithsonian

The majority of The Smithsonian’s museums and galleries are location on the National Mall in Washington DC. Affectionately known as America’s attic, the museums are home to a fantastic selection of artefacts and displays. Some of its most notable objects include Abraham Lincoln’s top hat and the Hope Diamond.

Question 5

One of the most distinctive museums in the world, this contemporary institution was designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Home to a fantastic collection of modern art, it has pieces by Jeff Koons, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning. Take a look round and see if you know where we are. 

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (1994/1997) by Frank GehryGuggenheim Bilbao

Answer: The Guggenheim, Bilbao

Often cited as one of the most important architectural works of the late 20th century, the Guggenheim, Bilbao was built to revitalize the city’s rundown port area. Opened in 1997, it’s become one the most popular attractions in northern Spain. The museum specializes in large-scale, site specific installations, giving visitors a fantastic interactive experience that can’t be replicated. 


Find out more about Frank Gehry and his beautiful buildings here.

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