List of most-visited art museums

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This article lists the most-visited art museums in the world in 2021. The primary source is The Art Newspaper annual survey of the number of visitors to major art museums in 2021, published 28 March 2022.

Total attendance in the top one hundred art museums in 2021 was 71 million visitors, up from 54 million in 2020, but far below the 230 million visitors at the top hundred museums in 2019.[1]

Museums in the United States and Western Europe usually measure attendance for the calendar year from January through December, while many museums in East Asia and Britain measure attendance for the fiscal year, from April through March.

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No. Museum Country and city Visitors annually Image
1
Louvre France Paris 2,825,000 (2021)
(up 5 percent from 2020)
2
Russian Museum Russia Saint Petersburg
2,260,231 (2021)
(up 88 percent from 2020)
3
Multimedia Art Museum Russia Moscow 2,242,405 (2021)
(up 421 percent from 2020)
4
Metropolitan Museum of Art United States New York 1,958,000 (2021)
(Up 84 percent from 2020)
5
National Gallery of Art United States Washington, D.C. 1,704,606 (2021)
(up by 133 percent from 2020)
West Building NGA.jpg
6
State Hermitage Museum Russia Saint Petersburg 1,649,443 (2021)
(Up 70 percent from 2020)
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
7
Museo Reina Sofía Spain Madrid 1,643,108 (2021)
(up from 1,248,000 in 2020)
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
8
Vatican Museums Vatican City Vatican City 1,612,530 (2021)
(up 24 percent from 2020)
9
Tretyakov Gallery Russia Moscow 1,580,819 (2021)
(up 77 percent from 2020)
Moscow 05-2012 TretyakovGallery.jpg
10
Musée National d'Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou) France Paris 1,501,040 (2021)
(up by 64 percent from 2020)
The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
11
British Museum United Kingdom London 1,327,120 (2021)
[2] (up 42 percent from 2020)
The British Museum, London, England
12
National Museum of Korea South Korea Seoul 1,262,562 (2021)
(Up 63 percent from 2020)
National Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea
13
Museo del Prado Spain Madrid 1,175,296 (2021)
(up 38 percent from 2020)
Madrid-1758045.jpg
14
Royal Castle, Warsaw Poland Warsaw 1,168,821 (2021)
(up 80% from 2020)
Poland-00808 - Castle Square (31215382745).jpg
15
Museum of Modern Art United States New York 1,160,686 (2021)
(up 64 percent from 2020)
Museum of Modern Art New York 2005-04-28.jpg
16
Tate Modern United Kingdom London 1,156,037 (2021)
(down 19 percent from 2020)
Tate Modern - Bankside Power Station.jpg
17
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Japan Tokyo 1,049,183 (2021)
(up 106 percent from 2020)
Tokyo metropolitan art museum01 1920.jpg
18
Musée d'Orsay France Paris 1,044,365 (2021)
(up by 20 percent from 2020)
The Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
19
Somerset House United Kingdom London 984,978 (2021)
(up by 36 percent from 2020)
Somerset House, London, England
20
Uffizi Gallery Italy Florence 969,695 (2021)
(up 47 percent from 2020)[3]
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21
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art South Korea Seoul 937,484 (2021)
(up by 97 percent from 2020)
MMCA-Gwacheon.jpg
22
The National Art Center, Tokyo Japan Tokyo 881,733 (2021)
(up 113 percent from 2020)
National Art Center Tokyo 2008.jpg
23
Shanghai Museum China Shanghai 880,457 (2021)
(up by 46 percent from 2020)
Shanghai Museum exterior 1.jpg
24
Victoria and Albert Museum United Kingdom London 857,742 (2021)
(down 2 percent from 2020)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
25
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa New Zealand Wellington 808,706 (2021)
(down 3 percent from 2020)
Te Papa (National Museum), Wellington.jpg
26
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM) France Marseille 806,649 (2021)
(up 26 percent from 2020)
Fort Saint-Jean&Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée.jpg
27
National Gallery of Victoria Australia Melbourne 801,699 (2021)
(up 26 percent from 2020)
National gallery victoria international.jpg
28
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Russia Moscow 766,325 (2021)
(up 36 percent from 2020))
Gmii.jpg
29
National Gallery Singapore Singapore Singapore 748,526 (2021)
(up 2 percent from 2020)
Singapore Old Supreme Court 5.jpg
30
National Gallery United Kingdom London 708,924 (2021)
(down 48 percent from 2020)
The National Gallery, London, England
31
Louis Vuitton Foundation France Paris 691,000 (2021)
(up 174 percent from 2020)
Fondation Louis Vuitton 5.jpg
32
National Museum in Krakow Poland Krakow 679,729 (2021)
(up percent from 2020)
Building of the National Museum in Kraków, 01.jpg
33
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Spain Madrid 671,078 (2021)
(up 97 percent from 2020 )

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid) 07.jpg

34
Scottish National Gallery United Kingdom Edinburgh 660,741 (2021)
(up 49 percent from 2020)
National Gallery of Scotland restitch1 2005-08-07.jpg
35
Gyeongju National Museum South Korea Gyeongju 653,651 (2021)
(up 79 percent from 2020)
Korea-Gyeongju.National.Museum-04.jpg
36
Rijksmuseum Netherlands Amsterdam 625,000 (2021)
(down 7 percent from 2020)
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum front (detail).jpg
37
Los Angeles County Museum of Art United States Los Angeles 620,621 (2021)
(up 197 percent from 2020)
LACMA-Los-Angeles-County-Museum-of-Art-04-2014.jpg
38
Hong Kong Museum of Art Hong Kong Kowloon 619,810 (2021)
(up 160 percent from 2020)
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa
39
Musée du quai Branly France Paris 615,795 (2021)
(no data from 2020)
Musee du quai Branly exterieur.jpg
40
Tokyo National Museum Japan Tokyo 605,214 (2021)
(down 16 percent from 2020)
Tokyo National Museum, Honkan 2010.jpg
41
West Bund Museum China Shanghai 592,000 (2021)
(up 62 percent from 2020)
West Bund Museum, Shanghai, Jun 2020.jpg
42
UCCA Center for Contemporary Art China Beijing 585,621 (2021) (up 52 percent from 2020) UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.jpg
43
Kunst­historisches Museum Austria Vienna 579,204 (2021)
(up 27 percent from 2020)
Maria-Theresien-Platz Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien 2010.jpg
44
Moscow Kremlin Museums Russia Moscow 578,000 (2021)
(up 36 percent from 2020
Kremlin Armoury.jpg
45
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park United States Grand Rapids Charter Township, Michigan 550,000 (2021)
(\up 112 percent from 2020)
Meijer Gardens October 2014 61 (Tropical Conservatory).jpg
46
Acropolis Museum Greece Athens 547,910 (2021)
(Up 69 percent from 2020)
New Acropolis Museum 5.jpg
47
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain Bilbao 530,967 (2021)
(up 68 percent from 2020)
Bilbao - Guggenheim aurore.jpg
48
Tate Britain United Kingdom London 525,144 (2021)
(up 34 percent from 2020)
Tate Britain (5822081512) (2).jpg
49
Petit Palais France Paris 517,624 (2021)
(no data from 2020)
Facade of Petit Palais, Paris 6 March 2015.jpg
50
Humboldt Forum Germany Berlin 515,000 (2021)
(new museum; no data from 2020)
Humboldt Forum-9148.jpg
51
Bourse de commerce (Paris) (Pinault Collection) France Paris 508,689 (2021)
(new museum)
Boursecommerce.jpg
52
Getty Center United States Los Angeles 508,449 (2021)
(up 90 percent from 2020)
A portion of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, one of two art museums that are part of the Getty Museum LCCN2013631551.tif
53
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia Brisbane 499,530 (2021)
(up 51 percent from 2020)
Gallery of Modern Art Main Entrance.JPG
54
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston United States Houston 495,530 (2021)
(up 51 percent from 2020)
MFA houston.jpg
55
Whitney Museum United States New York 492,500 (2021)
(up 111 percent from 2020)
Whitney Museum of American Art (49051573133).jpg
56
Tel Aviv Museum of Art Israel Tel Aviv 478,169 (2021)
(up 15 percent from 2020)
PikiWiki Israel 15635 The new wing of Tel Aviv museum of art.JPG
57
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston United States Boston 477,427 (2021)
(up 91 percent from 2020)
Boston Museum of Fine Artes.jpg
58
Royal Academy of Arts United Kingdom London 468,693 (2021)
(up 21 percent from 2020)
Burlington House.jpg
59
National Gallery of Australia Australia Canberra 455,558 (2021)
(up 51 percent from 2020)
National Gallery from SW, Canberra Australia.jpg
60
China Art Museum, Pudong, Shanghai China Shanghai 450,000 (2021)
(new museum)
Shanghai Museum exterior 1.jpg
61
Galleria dell'Accademia Italy Florence 446,143 (2021)
(up 40percent from 2020)
David by Michelangelo in The Gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti.jpg
62
Art Gallery of South Australia Australia Adelaide 444,577 (2021)
(up 35% from 2020)
AGSAfront.jpg
63
Triennale di Milano Italy Milan 441,749 (2021)
(no data from 2020)
P arte 4.jpg
64
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art United States Bentonville, Arkansas 439,552 (2021)
(Up 24 percent from 2020)
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.jpg
65
Philadelphia Museum of Art United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 437,348 (2021)
(Up 149 percent from 2020)
PhiladelphiaMuseumOfArt2017.jpg
66
Art Gallery of New South Wales Australia Sydney 428,748 (2021)
(down 22 percent from 2020)
NSWAG.jpg
67
Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg Russia Saint Petersburg 420,000 (2021)
down 42 percent from 2020)
Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg 01.JPG
68
National Palace Museum Taiwan Taipei 416,436 (2021)
(down 35 percent from 2020)
NationalPalace MuseumFrontView.jpg
69
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts United States Richmond, Virginia 410,734 (2021)
(up 58 percent from 2020)
E201605 TF 0030.jpg
70
Cleveland Museum of Art United States Cleveland, Ohio 409,921 (2021)
(up 122 percent from 2020)
Cleveland Museum of Art.jpg
71
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Russia Moscow 408,057 (2021)
(up 40 percent from 2020)
Здание Музея современного искусства «Гараж».jpg
72
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum Denmark Aarhus 401,844 (2021)
(down 9 percent from 2020)
Aros.Arhus.1.jpg
73
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art United States Kansas City, Missouri 400,940 (2021)
(up 61 percent from 2020)
Nelson-Atkins Museum Building and Bloch Building, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.jpg
74
Museo Egizio Italy Turin 398,336 (2021)
(up 65 percent from 2020))
Museo Egizio e Galleria sabauda, Torino.jpg
75
De Young Museum United States San Francisco 394,402 (2021)
(up 69 percent from 2020)
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum.jpg
76
National Museum of African-American History and Culture United States Washington, DC 392,966 (2021)
(up 69 percent from 2020)
National Museum of African American History and Culture in February 2020.jpg
77
Musée des Arts Decoratifs France Paris 391,379 (2021)
(up 32 percent from 2020)
Musée des Arts Décoratifs 2009 001.jpg
78
Caixa Forum Spain Barcelona 390,239 (2021)
(up 83 percent from 2020)
CaixaForum Madrid (España) 01.jpg
79
Kunsthaus Zürich Switzerland Zurich 382,603 (2021)
(up 42 percent from 2020)
Kunsthaus Zürich 2011-08-06 17-33-46.jpg
80
Musée de l'Orangerie France Paris 380,147 (2021)
(up 64 percent from 2020)
Musée de l’Orangerie exterior.JPG
81
M+ Hong Kong Kowloon 371,082 (2021)
(new)
M+, West Kowloon, Hong Kong.jpg
82
Van Gogh Museum Netherlands Amsterdam 366,359 (2021)
(down 29 percent from 2020)
Van Gogh Museum, Pedaalemmer foto 1.jpg
83
Albertina Austria Vienna 366,280 (2021)
(up 2 percent from 2020)
Albertina1.JPG
84
Yorkshire Sculpture Park United Kingdom Wakefield 363,320 (2021)
(new)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park Nigel Hall sculpture.jpg
85
Instituto Tomie Ohtake [pt] Brazil São Paulo 329,683 (2021)
(down 81 percent from 2020)
Instituto Tomie Ohtake - FCL 02.jpg
86
Queensland Art Gallery Australia Brisbane 341,023(2021)
(up 26 percentfrom 2020)
Main foyer of Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.jpg
87
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Denmark Humlebæk 334,926 (2021)
(down 17 percent from 2020)
Louisiana greenery.jpg
88
World Museum United Kingdom Liverpool 330,593 (2021)
(up 22 percent from 2020)
World Museum Liverpool - 2014-11-16 (2).jpg
89-90
Donald W. Reynolds Center
(contains two museums, the National Portrait Gallery and
Smithsonian American Art Museum)
United States Washington D.C. 324,683 (2021)
(down 81% from 2019)
Old Patent Office, Washington, D.C. 2011.jpg
91
MMCA Deoksugung Korea Seoul 329,391 (2021)
(up 144 percent from 2020)
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, full view.jpg
92
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Austria Vienna 328,413 (2021)
(up 21 percent from 2020)
Wien - Schloss Belvedere, oberes (4).JPG
96
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum United Kingdom Glasgow 288,212 (2021)
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1.jpg
93
National Museum of Scotland (Museums below have 2020 attendance figures) United Kingdom Edinburgh 302,909 (2021)
(up 48 percent from 2020)
Museum of Scotland.jpg
97
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park United States Grand Rapids Charter Township, Michigan 259,329 (2020)
(down 61% from 2019)
Meijer Gardens October 2014 61 (Tropical Conservatory).jpg
45
National Portrait Gallery (Australia) Australia Canberra 430,932 (2020)
(down 81% from 2019)
National Portrait Gallery building.jpg
47
Mireuksaji Museum South Korea Iksan 417,527 (2020)
(no data for 2019)
Mireuksaji National Museum.jpg
53
Palazzo Reale Italy Milan 390,716 (2020)
(down 48% from 2019)
Palazzo reale piazza.jpg
54
Royal Academy of Arts United Kingdom London 385,775 (2020)
(down 69% from 2019)
Burlington House.jpg
56
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Australia Sydney 367,849 (2020)
(down 64% from 2019)
Sydney NSW, Australia - panoramio (36).jpg
57
Art Institute of Chicago United States Chicago 365,660 (2020)
(down 78% from 2019)
Interrior view, Art Institute of Chicago.jpg
60
Saatchi Gallery United Kingdom London 354,787 (2020)
(down 69% from 2019)
SaatchiGallery.jpg
64
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia Brisbane 330,031
(down 54% from 2019)
Gallery of Modern Art Main Entrance.JPG
65
Louvre Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 324,718
(down 67% from 2019)
Inauguration du Louvre Abou Dhabi par Groupe F 02.jpg
67
Museo Soumaya Mexico Mexico City 321,803 (2020)
(down 71% from 2019
Museo Soumaya, Ciudad de México, México, 2015-07-18, DD 12.JPG
71
Städel Museum Germany Frankfurt 318,792 (2020)
(down 45% from 2019)
Das Städel Museum mit Städel Garten.jpg
72
Berardo Collection Museum Portugal Lisbon 317,028 (2020)
(down 65% from 2019)
Berardo Collection Museum.png
76
National Portrait Gallery United Kingdom London 309,402 (2020)
(down 81% from 2019)
National Portrait Gallery (40400017530).jpg
79
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Canada Montreal 301,474 (2020)
(down 74% from 2019)
Museum of Fine Arts, main entrance, Montreal.jpg
80
Deutsches Historisches Museum Germany Berlin 299,002 (2020) Fassade der Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum (ehem. Zeughaus) - Berlin.jpg
82
Beyeler Foundation Switzerland Basel 291,604 (2020)
(down 33% from 2019)
Riehen - Fondation Beyeler.jpg
83
National Gallery of Denmark Denmark Copen­hagen 285,901 (2020)
(down 27% from 2019)
SMK Entrance.jpg
84
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Brazil São Paulo 282,998 (2020)
(down 66% from 2019)
Rio-CCBB.jpg
85
National Gallery Prague Czech Republic Prague 282,562 (2020)
(down 49% from 2019)
Praha Veletržní palác jih.jpg
86
Imperial War Museum United Kingdom London 278,797 (2020)
(down 74% from 2019)
Imperial War Museum, London (geograph 4108048).jpg
87
Daegu National Museum South Korea Daegu 277,887 (2020)
(down 49% from 2019)
Daegu National Museum.jpg
88
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam 277,000 (2020)
(down 59% from 2019)
Stedelijk Museum 1.jpg
89
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Belgium Brussels 273,571 (2020)
(down 75% from 2019)
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts Belgique 1101.jpg
93
National Museum of Art, Osaka Japan Osaka 270,097 (2020) National Museum of Art Osaka in 201407.JPG
99
Christchurch Art Gallery New Zealand Christ­church 253,058 (2020)
(down 28% from 2019)
Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.jpg

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Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Art Newspaper, March 28, 2022
  2. ^ Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), March 22, 2022
  3. ^ "The Art Newspaper", March 28, 2022