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 British Museum, London, United Kingdom
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, United States
The National Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Vatican Museums, Vatican City
National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
The National Gallery of Art, 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 2014.[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 draws close to 12 million visitors,[2] were not included.

Rank Museum City Country Visitor count (annually)
1
Louvre Paris  France 9,334,435
2
British Museum London  United Kingdom 6,701,036
3
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City  United States 6,226,727
4
National Gallery London  United Kingdom 6,031,574
5
Vatican Museums Vatican City   Vatican City 5,459,000
6
National Palace Museum Taipei  Taiwan 4,884,939
7
Tate Modern London  United Kingdom 4,500,278
8
National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.  United States 4,093,070
9
Centre Pompidou Paris  France 3,745,000
10
Musée D'Orsay Paris  France 3,500,000
11
Victoria & Albert Museum London  United Kingdom 3,290,500
12
Reina Sofía Madrid  Spain 3,185,413
13
Museum of Modern Art New York City  United States 3,066,337
14
National Museum of Korea Seoul  South Korea 3,052,823
15
State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg  Russia 2,898,562
16
National Folk Museum of Korea Seoul  South Korea 2,705,814
17
Somerset House London  United Kingdom 2,398,066
18
Museo del Prado Madrid  Spain 2,306,966
19
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam  Netherlands 2,220,000
20
The National Art Center Tokyo  Japan 2,039,947
21
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 2,034,397
22
National Portrait Gallery London  United Kingdom 2,014,636
23
Shanghai Museum Shanghai  China 1,946,420
24
National Gallery of Victoria[i] Melbourne  Australia 1,940,921
25
Galleria degli Uffizi Florence  Italy 1,870,708
26
MuCEM Marseilles  France 1,824,000
27
National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh  United Kingdom 1,768,090
28
Moscow Kremlin Moscow  Russia 1,758,460
29
J. Paul Getty Museum[ii] Los Angeles  United States 1,728,815
30
FAMSF[iii] San Francisco  United States 1,690,078
31
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago  United States 1,539,716
32
Saatchi Gallery London  United Kingdom 1,505,608
33
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Brasilia  Brazil 1,468,818
34
National Galleries of Scotland[iv] Edinburgh  United Kingdom 1,460,324
35
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam  Netherlands 1,448,997
36
Grand Palais Paris  France 1,422,013
37
Tokyo National Museum Tokyo  Japan 1,403,909
38
Tate Britain London  United Kingdom 1,378,272
39
Tretyakov Gallery Moscow  Russia 1,360,000
40
Dalí Theatre and Museum Figueres  Spain 1,333,430
41
Musée du quai Branly Paris  France 1,307,326
42
Doge's Palace Venice  Italy 1,307,230
43
Gyeongju National Museum Gyeongju  South Korea 1,276,165
44
Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne  Australia 1,260,577
45
Pergamon Museum Berlin  Germany 1,260,000
46
Galleria dell'Accademia Florence  Italy 1,257,241
47
Queensland Art Gallery/GoMA[v] Brisbane  Australia 1,224,964
48
Mori Art Museum Tokyo  Japan 1,223,198
49
LACMA Los Angeles  United States 1,202,654
50
SAAM/Renwick Gallery Washington, D.C.  United States 1,200,000
51
Guggenheim Museum New York City  United States 1,199,123
52
Institut Valencià d'Art Modern Valencia  Spain 1,163,419
53
Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney  Australia 1,162,792
54
National Museum of Western Art Tokyo  Japan 1,155,975
55
Museum of Fine Arts Boston  United States 1,134,289
56
Museo Soumaya Mexico City  Mexico 1,095,000
57
Acropolis Museum Athens  Greece 1,091,143
58
National Portrait Gallery Washington, D.C.  United States 1,083,815
59
National Art Museum of China Beijing  China 1,050,000
60
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow  United Kingdom 1,044,067
61
Royal Academy of Arts London  United Kingdom 1,018,378
62
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal  Canada 1,015,022
63
Israel Museum Jerusalem  Israel 966,502
64
Belvedere Vienna  Austria 957,802
65
Royal Ontario Museum Toronto  Canada 956,498
66
Serpentine Galleries London  United Kingdom 945,161
67
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid  Spain 944,827
68
Neues Museum Berlin  Germany 940,000
69
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil São Paulo  Brazil 931,639
70
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao  Spain 931,015
71
Museu Picasso Barcelona  Spain 911,342
72
Musée de l'Orangerie Paris  France 900,000
73
MCA Australia Sydney  Australia 894,876
74
CaixaForum Barcelona Barcelona  Spain 892,806
75
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto  Canada 852,904
76
Museum of Fine Arts Houston  United States 850,395
77
Melbourne Museum Melbourne  Australia 850,194
78
Louvre-Lens Lens  France 824,898
79
Royal Palace of Milan Milan  Italy 806,677
80
CaixaForum Madrid Madrid  Spain 790,732
81
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna  Austria 778,853
82
National Gallery of Australia Canberra  Australia 770,243
83
Ashmolean Museum Oxford  United Kingdom 747,874
84
Palais de Tokyo Paris  France 723,259
85
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Paris  France 700,088
86
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Beijing  China 700,000
87
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Amsterdam  Netherlands 700,000
88
Seattle Art Museum[vi] Seattle  United States 689,582
89
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Brussels  Belgium 662,389
90
Huntington Library San Marino  United States 660,640
91
Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide  Australia 660,358
92
National Portrait Gallery Canberra  Australia 652,759
93
Hirshhorn Museum Washington, D.C.  United States 645,343
94
MACBA Barcelona  Spain 643,274
95
National Gallery of Ireland Dublin  Ireland 641,572
96
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia  United States 639,810
97
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Barcelona  Spain 635,917
98
Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv  Israel 630,000
99
İstanbul Modern Istanbul  Turkey 627,800
100
Freer and Sackler Galleries Washington, D.C.  United States 613,090

^i NGV International: 1,306,852; Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia: 634,069
^ii Getty Center: 1,356,381; Getty Villa: 372,434)
^iii M. H. de Young Memorial Museum: 1,304,339; California Palace of the Legion of Honor: 385,739)
^iv Scottish National Gallery: 933,296; Scottish National Portrait Gallery: 261,937; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: 265,091
^v Queensland Art Gallery: 597,157; Queensland Gallery of Modern Art: 627,807
^vi includes the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Top 100 Art Museum Attendance, The Art Newspaper, 2014. Retrieved on 9 July 2014.
  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..."