11/17/2010 02:53 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

10 Best Cities For Art Lovers (PHOTOS)

Vacations aren't always about getting some R&R. In fact, visiting a city with a vibrant arts scene can be just as rejuvenating.'s list of top cities for art lovers are bound to stimulate even the most blasé of world travelers, as they're home to dozens of world-class institutions with influential collections of old and new masters. That said, their list also pays homage to a charming colonial town known for teaching people how to create their own works of art - they figure that, after seeing everything else on their list, you'll be ready to make your own artistic statement.

Text and captions courtesy of, adapted from "Top 10 Cities for Art Lovers ."