Did you know that May 18 is International Museum Day? Destinations across the globe have stunning art galleries, fascinating historical sites, unique and quirky “only find it here” attractions. Museums are vital to the tourism industry and the communities they serve.

According to UNESCO, the number of museums around the world has increased from 22,000 in 1975 to 95,000 today. The American Alliance of Museums reported that in the United States alone, museums contribute the following:

  • $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year
  • 67% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural or heritage activities, such as visiting museums, spending 60% more money on average than other leisure travelers
  • Over 726,000 American jobs

In honor of International Museum Day, we’re taking you on a short trip across the globe to some show-stopping museums via an Instagram roundup.