Interested in time travel? Wish to feel that chill down your spine as you stare into the jaws of a Tyrannosaurus Rex or imagine the exhilaration the Wright brothers may have felt as they took their first flight? Head to a museum then!
The global community of the guardians of history celebrate International Museum Day on 18 May, as a reminder that "museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples".
The commemoration that started in 1977 to encourage people to understand the importance of these institutions has grown to take on some of their biggest challenges and celebrate the integral role they play in society.
Each year, a new theme is chosen on which to celebrate the day and the focus for 2016 is "Museums and Cultural Landscapes" through which they aim to safe keep and protect the heritage that lies within their walls.
In keeping with the celebrations, IBTimes UK has compiled a list of the world's most amazing museums.
Getting into the Louvre is almost as challenging as visiting most of the displays. Home to some of the most popular works of art, the museum was previously a medieval fortress and the palace of the kings of France before being converted. The Great Sphinx of Tanis from the Egyptian collection, the sculpture of Vénus de Milo and obviously Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa are some of the popular displays here.
If there is one thing that Ben Stiller taught us in A Night In The Museum is that there is nothing boring about them. The institution in Washington DC is not one but a collection of 19 museums, galleries, research stations and the National Zoological Park. The complex boasts of more than 137 million objects relating to American history from the Wright brothers' 1903 Flyer to the Apollo 11 command module.
Despite the fact that the building itself exudes modernity, it holds artefacts from one of the world's most celebrated civilizations. The Acropolis Museum lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens and it is home to a wealth of Greek history. Find marble statues of Greek gods and goddesses and explore details in the frieze of the Parthenon while you are here.
The best place to view Egyptian artefacts is obviously Egypt, but the second best place is the British Museum, which is home to the famous Rosetta Stone, the colossal granite head of Amenhotep III and even a collection of mummified cats. Also find Hoa Hakananai'a, the Easter Island statue and the Elgin Marbles from Greece.
Spread across six buildings along the Neva River, the State Hermitage has managed to gather a extensive collection of art works from around the world. It contains paintings by some of Europe's most famous artists, including Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, Titian, da Vinci, Picasso, Gauguin, Cézanne, van Gogh and Goya.
The national museum houses a large compendium of art works, collected over the centuries by Spain's monarchy. The Three Graces by Rubens, Francisco de Goya, La Maja Desnuda and La Maja Vestida are among the museum's most prized art works.
It does not take a visit to a museum to know that Italy is a treasure trove of historic culture but it does enhance the whole experience. A combination of heritage architecture and art are what make the Vatican Museums some of the best in the world. Rapahel's works hold a special place of importance here, from the famed Sistine Chapel to the Raphael Rooms. Caravaggio's Entombment and the porphyri sarcophagi of Constance and Saint Helen, daughter and mother of Constantine the Great are also worth the visit.
The Met is the second largest museum in the world, after the Louvre, with more than two million items ranging from ancient Egyptian artefacts to Islamic art and comparatively modern American pieces. Find pages from the Blue Qur'an as part of the Islamic art collection, The Amathus sarcophagus from Cyprus, Hokusai's The Great Wave Off Kanagawa painting and what are believed to be around 40,000-year-old Australian Aboriginal rock paintings. The Museum of Costume Art is a favourite with those interested in the history of fashion, but it does not house a permanent installation.