We asked our Travel Channel Facebook fans to share their favorite museum experiences. View the slideshow to see some of most unique cultural institutions in the world.
Paolo R. was entranced by perhaps the most mysterious set of eyes in art history, those of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" in the Louvre in Paris.
Paul J.'s favorite experience was the Monet Expo at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, home to one of the world's finest collections of Impressionist paintings.
Corina N. praised the Prado Museum in Madrid, which features works by Spanish masters such as Velasquez, Goya and Picasso, as well as other cool exhibits like this one featuring royal armor.
Several of our Facebook fans recognized various parts of the Smithsonian museum complex in Washington, DC. Favorites included the Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History.
Blue Barracuda, Nicki B. and Mary O. recounted amazing experiences with exhibits ranging from King Tut to man-eating lions at the Chicago Field Museum. Pictured here is "Sue," a 41-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex.
Sari R. and Valerie M. described the Vatican Museums in Rome as "incredible" and "breathtaking."
Shelly S. was amazed by the Wooly Mammoth exhibit at California's La Brea Tar Pits. In this photo, a lab technician peers inside the jaw bone of a mammoth recently discovered at the site.
Stephanie M. called the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL, a 'wonderful place.' Many special programs are planned for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Robert B. described the Rock 'n' Soul Museum in Memphis, TN, as one of the "best music museums ' [where] you can spend hours listening to music."
Louise R.'s favorite museum is the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. This innovative museum has plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits that appeal to history buffs, gear fanatics and kids of all ages.
Several fans also recalled impactful experiences at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Shown here is the entrance to "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda" an exhibit that opened in 2009.