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Museums on the Atlantic Coast

Coastlines attract explorers, traders, and invaders, so imagine the Old and New World riches in the museums of Atlantic Europe. Proof of our religious, political and cultural hang on the walls and fill the cases of some of Europe’s preeminent museums in this region.

Visit the Natural History, the Archaeology and History and the Decorative Arts and History Museums in Dublin and learn all about Ireland colorful past – and free of charge at all National Museums. The best way to understand Ireland’s rich cultural, political, geographical and social history is through one of the country’s outstanding heritage centers. For example, Cobh – The Queenstown Story is a fascinating multi-media exhibition that retraces the steps of the two-and-a-half million people who emigrated from the port of Cobh in Cork. Incidentally, this was also the last port of call for the ill fated Titanic and Lusitania. Dublinia brings the capital’s turbulent history to life and allows visitors to step right back to medieval Dublin.

Considering that Iceland has only 300,000 people, the number of museums and art galleries in the country is astounding. Even in the small towns and out-of-the-way fishing villages, you’ll encounter a public place dedicated to preserving the national heritage or displaying the local artists. It may be a structure in the center of town that the community has banded together to support, or it may be the house of a famous artist. The largest museums and galleries are, of course, in Reykjavik. Among the most visited are the Culture House, Einar Jonsson Museum, and the National Gallery. Though these are the major culture venues, you can find a museum or gallery to quench almost any interest, whether it’s Icelandic coins, traditional clothing, or metal working.

Velázquez, Goya, Miró, Dalí, Picasso… as well as El Greco, Tintoretto, Monet, Van Gogh, Kandinsky… Spain can show you the work of all of these. There are over 1,400 museums in Spain where you can see masterpieces by great artists famous all over the world, from all periods, and in a whole range of different styles. No visitor can afford to miss a visit to the Prado Museum, home to one of the most important art collections in the world. But there's more to see than just paintings. There are also science museums, archaeological museums, maritime museums…and plenty of cafes and tapas to keep you going in between visits.

Visit Lisbon’s museums, where works of art from Portugal and throughout the world await you.
Start at the Museu de Arte Antiga (Museum of Antique Art). Here, you will find the Panels of Saint Vincent de Fora, one of the most renowned group portraits in the European tradition, and the ‘Temptations of Saint Anthony’ triptych by Hieronymus Bosch. Also on display are the Namban Screens that depict the arrival of the first Westerners - the Portuguese - in Japan in 1543.

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