List of largest art museums

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Art museums are some of the largest buildings in the world. The world's most pre-eminent museums have also engaged in various expansion projects through the years, expanding their total exhibition space.[1]

List[edit]

The following is a list of art museums ranked according to their gallery space where published by reliable sources. Only museums with more than 12,000 square meters (130,000 sq ft) of gallery space are included. Large museums that do not have reliably-sourced statistics may be omitted; this is not necessarily a complete list.

Rank Building Name City Country Gallery space
in m2 (sq ft)
Year
established
1 Paris 75001 Cour Napoléon Louvre Aile Turgot 02b 20141107 125236.jpg Louvre Paris  France 72,735
(782,910)[2]
1792
2 Hermitage West facade Saint Petersburg N wing.jpg State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg  Russia 66,842
(719,480)[3]
1764
3 Chinese National Museum.jpg National Museum of China Beijing  China 65,000
(700,000)[4]
1959
4 Metropolitan Museum of Art - panoramio.jpg Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City  United States 58,820
(633,100)[5]
1870
5 Vatican Museums outside.jpg Vatican Museums Vatican City (Rome)   Vatican City 43,000
(460,000)[5]
1506
6 Museo Nacional de Antropología - Wiki takes Antropología 007.jpg National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City  Mexico 33,000
(360,000)[6]
1964
7 Victoria and Albert Museum-1.jpg Victoria and Albert Museum London  United Kingdom 30,658
(330,000)[7][8]
1852
8 National Museum of Korea.jpg National Museum of Korea Seoul  South Korea 27,090
(291,600)[9]
1909
9 Art Institute of Chicago Michigan Avenue.jpg Art Institute of Chicago Chicago  United States 26,000
(280,000)[10][note 1]
1879
Nanjing Museum1.jpg Nanjing Museum Nanjing  China 26,000
(280,000)[citation needed]
1933
11 British Museum from NE 2.JPG British Museum London  United Kingdom 25,700
(277,000)[5]
1753
12 NGA-EastBldg.jpg National Gallery of Art Washington  United States 25,200
(271,000)[11]
1937
13 MASS MoCA 1.jpg MASS MoCA North Adams  United States 23,225
(249,990)[12]
1999
14 3GorgesMuseum.jpg Three Gorges Museum Chongqing  China 20,858
(224,510)[citation needed]
2005
15 Mfa boston af.jpg Museum of Fine Arts Boston  United States 20,500
(221,000)[13]
1870
16 Shandong Art Museum Jinan  China 19,700
(212,000)[14]
1977
17 Israel Museum Black and White (6898548048).jpg Israel Museum Jerusalem  Israel 18,500
(199,000)[15]
1965
18 National Gallery Singapore - Joy of Museums - External.jpg National Gallery Singapore Singapore  Singapore 18,000
(190,000)[16]
2015
19 Minneapolis Institute of Arts.jpg Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis  United States 17,500
(188,000)[17]
1883
20 BMA-2010-screen.jpg Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham  United States 17,000

(180,000)[18]

1951
Venezia-Arsenale.jpg Arsenal (Biennale) Venice  Italy 17,000
(180,000)[19]
1895
Centre Georges-Pompidou from Notre-Dame de Paris 2011.jpg Musée National d'Art Moderne Paris  France 17,000
(180,000)[20]
1947
23 Orsay Museum.JPG Musée d'Orsay Paris  France 16,853
(181,400)[21]
1986
24 2017 SFMOMA from Yerba Buena Gardens.jpg San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco  United States 15,800
(170,000)[22]
1935
25 Museo del Prado 2016 (25185969599).jpg Museo del Prado Madrid  Spain 15,400
(166,000)[23]
1819
WLA filmlinc MOMA 4.jpg Museum of Modern Art New York City  United States 15,400
(166,000)[24]
1929
27 Denver Art Gallery 02.JPG Denver Art Museum Denver  United States 15,000
(160,000)[25][26]
1918
Egyptian museum cairo.JPG Egyptian Museum Cairo  Egypt 15,000
(160,000)[27]
1902
Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo.JPG Matarazzo Ciccillo (Bienal) São Paulo  Brazil 15,000
(160,000)[28]
1951
30 Dia Beacon 19.JPG Dia:Beacon Beacon, New York  United States 14,900
(160,000)[29]
2003
31 Dallas Museum of Art July 2015 01.jpg Dallas Museum of Art Dallas  United States 14,800
(159,000)[17]
1903
32 Edificio Sabatini. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.jpg Museo Reina Sofía Madrid  Spain 14,756
(158,830)[30][31][note 2]
1992
33 MMCA-Gwacheon.jpg MMCA, Gwacheon Gwacheon  South Korea 14,144
(152,240)[32]
1969
34 Detroit Institute of Arts - IMG 8923.JPG Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit  United States 14,000
(150,000)[33]
1885
34 National Art Center Tokyo 2008.jpg Tokyo National Art Center Tokyo  Japan 14,000
(150,000)[34]
2007
36 NTMOFA6.jpg National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Taichung  Taiwan 13,600
(146,000)[35]
1988
37 Praha Veletržní palác jih.jpg National Gallery in Prague (Veletržní) Prague  Czech Republic 13,500
(145,000)[36]
1796
38 Indy-Art-Museum-Szmurlo.jpg Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis  United States 13,300
(143,000)[37]
1883
39 Bayerisches Nationalmuseum.JPG Bavarian National Museum Munich  Germany 13,000
(140,000)[38]
1855
Capital Museum in Beijing.jpg Capital Museum Beijing  China 13,000
(140,000)[39][40]
1981
Museum of Fine Arts, main entrance, Montreal.jpg Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal  Canada 13,000
(140,000)[41]
1860
Galería Nacional, Londres, Inglaterra, 2014-08-07, DD 035.JPG National Gallery London  United Kingdom 13,000
(140,000)[note 3][42]
1824
National Gallery of Victoria ext 01.JPG National Gallery of Victoria (St Kilda Road) Melbourne  Australia 13,000
(140,000)[43]
1861
Palais-de-Tokyo-lumière8.JPG Palais de Tokyo Paris  France 13,000
(140,000)[44]
2001
Salar jung museum hyderabad.jpg Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad  India 13,000
(140,000)[45]
1855
46 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - entrance Fall2010.JPG Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond  United States 12,500
(135,000)[46]
1934
47 Tate Modern - exteriér I. (3. 10. 2004).JPG Tate Modern London  United Kingdom 12,427
(133,760)[47]
2000
48 Springtime art museum.jpg Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland  United States 12,400
(133,000)[17]
1913
Musee des beaux-arts du Canada - 001.jpg National Gallery of Canada Ottawa  Canada 12,400
(133,000)[48]
1880
50 AGO at dusk.jpg Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto  Canada 12,000
(129,000)[49]
1900
Kunsthalle Hamburg.jpg Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburg  Germany 12,000
(130,000)[50]
1869
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam) 2.JPG Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam  Netherlands 12,000
(130,000)[51]
1849
MFAHCarolineWeissLaw.JPG Houston Museum of Fine Arts Houston  United States 12,000
(130,000)[52][note 4]
1900
Jaipur House Delhi.jpg National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi  India 12,000
(130,000)[53]
1954
Beaux arts lille.jpg Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille Lille  France 12,000
(130,000)[54]
1809
Pinakothek der Moderne Nord.jpg Pinakothek der Moderne Munich  Germany 12,000
(130,000)[55]
2002
Rijksmuseum (3400724608).jpg Rijksmuseum Amsterdam  Netherlands 12,000
(130,000)[56]
1800
Moscow, Krymsky Val Street 10-14 2014 02.JPG Tretyakov Gallery (Krymsky Val) Moscow  Russia 12,000
(130,000)[57]
1985

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 65,000 sqft expansion adds 30% of gallery space
  2. ^ References for historical building + extension
  3. ^ The Sainsbury Wing has 450,000 square feet of exhibition space (Victoria Newhouse, Towards a New Museum, 1998, Monacelli Press, p.182) and accounts for roughly a third of the museum
  4. ^ Main buildings : Law and Beck

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