List of most visited art museums in the world

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The Louvre, in Paris, is one of the world's largest museums and the most visited art museum in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, United States
The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
The National Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Vatican Museums, Vatican City
National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
The National Gallery, Washington, D.C., United States
The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
The Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea

This article lists the most visited art museums in the world (i.e. all museums with any form of art on display, some museums such as the Natural History Museum are excluded). This list of 100 is based on an attendance survey compiled by The Art Newspaper published in April 2013.[1] The country with the highest number of visitors in the top 100 is the United Kingdom. The country with the most museums appearing in the list is the United States. The list also includes exhibition centers organizing temporary art displays. Several major art museums, such as the Palace Museum in Beijing, which annually draw close to 12 million visitors,[2] the Museo del Prado in Madrid, with 2,800,000 visitors in 2012,[3] and the National Museum of Anthropology of Mexico City, with 1,767,092 visitors in 2011,[4] were not included.

Rank Museum City Country Visitor count
1
Louvre Paris  France 9,720,260
2
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City  United States 6,115,881
3
British Museum London  United Kingdom 5,575,946
4
Tate Modern London  United Kingdom 5,304,710
5
National Gallery London  United Kingdom 5,163,902
6
Vatican Museums Vatican City   Vatican City 5,064,546
7
National Palace Museum Taipei  Taiwan 4,360,815
8
National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.  United States 4,200,000
9
Centre Pompidou Paris  France 3,800,000
10
Musée D'Orsay Paris  France 3,600,000
11
Victoria & Albert Museum London  United Kingdom 3,231,700
12
National Museum of Korea Seoul  South Korea 3,128,550
13
State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg  Russia 2,882,385
14
Museum of Modern Art New York City  United States 2,805,659
15
National Folk Museum of Korea Seoul  South Korea 2,640,264
16
Reina Sofía Madrid  Spain 2,565,000
17
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 2,235,354
18
National Portrait Gallery London  United Kingdom 2,096,858
19
Shanghai Museum Shanghai  China 1,944,820
20
National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh  United Kingdom 1,893,521
21
Galleria degli Uffizi Florence  Italy 1,875,785[1]
22
Moscow Kremlin Moscow  Russia 1,735,600
23
National Galleries of Scotland[a] Edinburgh  United Kingdom 1,604,105
24
J. Paul Getty Museum[b] Los Angeles  United States 1,590,608
25
National Gallery of Victoria[c] Melbourne  Australia 1,571,333
26
Tate Britain London  United Kingdom 1,536,833
27
Grand Palais Paris  France 1,518,927
28
Tokyo National Museum Tokyo  Japan 1,504,286
29
State Tretyakov Gallery Moscow  Russia 1,491,575
30
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam  Netherlands 1,486,281
31
Queensland Art Gallery/GoMA[d] Brisbane  Australia 1,480,944
32
FAMSF[e] San Francisco  United States 1,448,176
33
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago  United States 1,438,158
34
Saatchi Gallery London  United Kingdom 1,413,605
35
Pergamonmuseum Berlin  Germany 1,410,000
36
Gyeongju National Museum Gyeongju  South Korea 1,378,074
37
Palazzo Ducale Venice  Italy 1,323,508
38
Musée du quai Branly Paris  France 1,310,148
39
Institut Valencià d'Art Modern Valencia  Spain 1,296,284
40
National Museum of Contemporary Art Seoul  South Korea 1,284,038
41
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid  Spain 1,255,281
42
SAAM/Renwick Washington, D.C.  United States 1,231,983
43
Galleria dell'Accademia Florence  Italy 1,225,254
44
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Brasília  Brazil 1,215,763
45
Royal Academy of Arts London  United Kingdom 1,202,801
46
Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney  Australia 1,195,176
47
Parco del Castello di Miramare Trieste  Italy 1,189,661
48
Guggenheim Museum New York City  United States 1,188,839
49
LACMA Los Angeles  United States 1,172,841
50
Palazzo Reale Milan  Italy 1,167,744
51
Russian Museum St. Petersburg  Russia 1,144,164
52
Upper and Lower Belvedere Vienna  Austria 1,108,658
53
Museu Picasso Barcelona  Spain 1,087,765
54
National Art Museum of China Beijing  China 1,080,000
55
National Portrait Gallery Washington, D.C.  United States 1,078,774
56
Mori Art Museum Tokyo  Japan 1,066,088
57
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow  United Kingdom 1,037,594
58
Royal Ontario Museum Toronto  Canada 1,025,920
59
Acropolis Museum Athens  Greece 1,020,462
60
Guggenheim Bilbao  Spain 1,014,104
61
Riverside Museum Glasgow  United Kingdom 1,008,092
62
Museum of Fine Arts Boston  United States 998,214
63
The National Art Center, Tokyo Tokyo  Japan 991,182
64
CaixaForum Barcelona Barcelona  Spain 971,101
65
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil São Paulo  Brazil 971,005
66
Rijksmuseum [5] Amsterdam  Netherlands 965,000
67
National Museum of Western Art Tokyo  Japan 940,433
68
Palazzo Strozzi Florence  Italy 934,563
69
Parco di Capodimonte Naples  Italy 923,706
70
Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne  Australia 922,213
71
Castel Sant'Angelo Rome  Italy 905,787
72
CaixaForum Madrid Madrid  Spain 903,922
73
Freer and Sackler Galleries Washington, D.C.  United States 869,743
74
Ashmolean Museum Oxford  United Kingdom 846,180
75
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Sydney  Australia 843,543
76
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia  United States 835,209
77
Museo Soumaya Mexico City  Mexico 833,196
78
Israel Museum Jerusalem  Israel 827,254
79
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Barcelona  Spain 806,052
80
Musée de l’Orangerie Paris  France 800,000
81
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto  Canada 796,841
82
Melbourne Museum Melbourne  Australia 783,058
83
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Birmingham  United Kingdom 764,341
84
National Gallery of Australia Canberra  Australia 755,382
85
Hirshhorn Museum Washington, D.C.  United States 753,258
86
Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv  Israel 750,000
87
Palazzo Pitti Florence  Italy 742,184
88
Museum of Fine Arts Houston  United States 737,480
89
MACBA Barcelona  Spain 710,466
90
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna  Austria 703,588
91
Neues Museum Berlin  Germany 701,000
92
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Beijing  China 700,000
93
Museo centrale del Risorgimento Rome  Italy 698,850
94
Reggia di Venaria Reale Venaria  Italy 698,484
95
Complesso del Vittoriano Rome  Italy 689,850
96
National Portrait Gallery Canberra  Australia 667,383
97
Istanbul Modern Istanbul  Turkey 665,776
98
National Gallery of Ireland Dublin  Ireland 660,486
99
Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris  France 655,000
100
Gwangju National Museum Gwangju  South Korea 645,061

^a Scottish National Gallery: 961,311; Scottish National Portrait Gallery: 327,980; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: 314,814
^b Getty Center: 1,207,203; Getty Villa: 383,405
^c NGV International: 894,038; Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia: 677,295
^d Queensland Art Gallery: 779,706; GoMA: 701,238
^e M. H. de Young Memorial Museum: 1,109,333; California Palace of the Legion of Honor: 338,843

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visitor Figures 2012" (PDF). London: The Art Newspaper. April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Clough, G. Wayne. "A Better Space". Arts & Culture. Smithsonian Magazine. "Three museums are by far and away in a league of their own for "world’s most-visited museum." Beijing’s Palace Museum hosts almost 12 million visitors annually..." 
  3. ^ "Five years after completing its extension the Prado receives more than 3 million visitors and achieves 60% self-funding". Museo Nacional del Prado. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Turismo cultural supera 18 millones de visitantes" (in (Spanish)). El Economista. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  5. ^ closed for renovation from 2003 to 2013