List of most-visited art museums

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This article lists the most visited art museums in the world in 2020. The primary source is The Art Newspaper annual survey of the number of visitors to major art museums in 2020, published 30 March 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museums listed were closed during the year for long periods of time. For example, the Louvre, the top museum on the list, was closed for 150 days in 2020, and Louvre attendance for 2020 dropped by 72 percent from 2019.[1]

The top part of the list shows 2020 attendance for the most-visited forty art museums in the world, and the decline in attendance from 2019. The lower part of the list shows 2019 attendance for other museums.

List[edit]

N. Museum City Annual visitation figures for 2020 as reported by the Art Newspaper Image
1
Musée du Louvre Paris 2,700,000 (2020) (down 72 percent from 2019)
2
National Museum of China Beijing 1,600,000 (2020) (down 78 percent from 2019)
3
Tate Modern London 1,432,941 (2020) (down 77 percent from 2019) Tate Modern, London, England
4
Vatican Museums Vatican City (Rome) 1,300,000 (2020) (down 81 percent from 2019)
5
British Museum London 1,275,466 (2020) (down 80 percent from 2019) The British Museum, London, England
6
Museo Reina Sofía Madrid 1,248,480 (2020) (down 72 percent from 2019) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
7
State Russian Museum Saint Petersburg, Russia 1,203,324 (2020) (down 50 percent from 2019) Russian museam.JPG
8
National Gallery London 1,197,143 (2020) (down 77 percent from 2019) The National Gallery, London, England
9
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York 1,124,759 (2020) (down 83 percent from 2019)
10
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Tokyo 971,256 (2020). (down 77 percent from 2019) 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Tokyo
11
State Hermitage Museum Saint Petersburg 968,604 (2020). (down 80 percent from 2019) State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
12
Musée National d'Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou) Paris 912,803 (2020) (down 77 percent from 2019) The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
13
Tretyakov Gallery Moscow 894,374 (2020) (down 68 percent from 2019) Moscow 05-2012 TretyakovGallery.jpg
14
Victoria and Albert Museum London 872,240 (2020) (down 78 percent from 2019) Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
15
Musée d'Orsay Paris 867,724 (2020) (down 76 percent from 2019) The Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
16
Museo del Prado Madrid 852,161 (2020) (down 76 percent from 2019) Madrid-1758045.jpg
17
Museum of New Zealand Auckland 837,664 (2020) (down 46 percent from 2019) Exterior of Te Papa, 2016-01-25.jpg
18
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro 790,357 (2020) (down 70 percent from 2019) Rio-CCBB.jpg
19
National Museum of Korea Seoul 773,621 (2020) (down 77 percent from 2019) National Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea
20
National Gallery Singapore Singapore 736,132 (2020) (down 59 percent from 2019) Singapore Old Supreme Court 5.jpg
21
National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C. 730,408 (2020) (down 82 percent from 2019) The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States
22
Fabergé Museum St. Petersburg, Russia 728,779 (2020) (no data for 2019) Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg 01.JPG
23
Tokyo National Museum Tokyo 724,762 (2020). (down 73 percent from 2019) Tokyo National Museum, Honkan 2010.jpg
24
Somerset House London 724,310 (2020) (down 75 percent from 2019) Somerset House, London, England
25
Museum of Modern Art New York City 706,060 (2020). (down 65 percent from 2019) MoMa NY USA 1.jpg
26
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam 675,000 (2020) (down 75 percent from 2019) Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, front, detail
27
Uffizi Gallery Florence 659,000 (2020) (down 72 percent from 2019) Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, front, detail
28
Royal Castle, Warsaw Warsaw 650,000 (2020) (down 48 percent from 2019) Poland-00808 - Castle Square (31215382745).jpg
29
National Palace Museum Taipei 642,163 (2020) (down 74 percent from 2019) NationalPalace MuseumFrontView.jpg
30
National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne 604,090 (2020) (down 74 percent from 2019) National Gallery of Victoria Australia Winter 2019.jpg
31
Shanghai Museum Shanghai 604,090 (2020) (down 71 percent from 2019) Shanghai Museum exterior 1.jpg
32
National Museum of Western Art Tokyo 603,114 (2020) (down 62 percent from 2019) National museum of western art01 1920.jpg
33
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Moscow 564,431 (2020) (down 62 percent from 2019)) Gmii.jpg
34
Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney 548,190 (2020) (down 57 percent from 2019) NSWAG.jpg
35
Huntington Library San Marino, Calif. 547,000 (2020) (down 34 percent from 2019) Lightmatter huntington library.jpg
36
Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM) Marseille 527,000 (2020) (down 56 percent from 2019) Fort Saint-Jean&Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée.jpg
37
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam 516,990 (2020) (down 75 percent from 2019) Museumkwartier, Amsterdam, Netherlands - panoramio (9).jpg
38
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Tokyo 510,117 (2020) (down 82 percent from 2019) Tokyo metropolitan art museum01 1920.jpg
39
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul 475,091 (2020) (down 67 percent from 2019) MMCA-Gwacheon.jpg
40
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna 454,291 (2020) (down 75 percent from 2019) Maria-Theresien-Platz Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien 2010.jpg
27
National Folk Museum of Korea Seoul 2,286,276 (2019) Korea-Seoul-National.folk.museum-01.JPG
28
National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh 2,210,024 (2019) Museum of Scotland.jpg
32
The National Art Center, Tokyo Tokyo 1,921,526 (2019) National Art Center Tokyo 2008.jpg
34
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow 1,832,097 (2019) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1.jpg
36
Tate Britain London 1,808,523 (2019) Tate Britain (5822081512) (2).jpg
37
Acropolis Museum Athens 1,760,315 (2019) New Acropolis Museum 5.jpg
38
Belvedere Vienna 1,721,399 (2019) Oberes Belvedere Wien.jpg
39
Galleria dell'Accademia Florence 1,704,776 (2019) David by Michelangelo in The Gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti.jpg
40
Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG and SAAM) Washington D.C. 1,700,000 (2019) Old Patent Office, Washington, D.C. 2011.jpg
41
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago 1,665,516 (2019) Interrior view, Art Institute of Chicago.jpg
42
National Portrait Gallery London 1,634,934 (2019) National Portrait Gallery (40400017530).jpg
44
Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh 1,583,231 (2019) National Gallery of Scotland restitch1 2005-08-07.jpg
45
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Brasília 1,519,033 (2019) CCBB - BSB (8197422842).jpg
47
Getty Center Los Angeles 1,439,084 (2019)[a] Getty Center patio.jpg
49
Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv 1,322,439 (2019) PikiWiki Israel 15635 The new wing of Tel Aviv museum of art.JPG
50
Royal Ontario Museum Toronto 1,309,345 (2019) Royal Ontario Museum edit3.jpg
52
Guggenheim Museum New York City 1,283,209 (2019) Guggenheim museum exterior.jpg
53
Museum of Fine Arts Boston 1,261,623 (2019) 2018 Museum of Fine Arts Boston Huntington Avenue facade from east.jpg
55
Gyeongju National Museum Gyeongju 1,251,196 (2019) Korea-Gyeongju.National.Museum-04.jpg
56
Royal Academy of Arts London 1,248,882 (2019) Burlington House.jpg
57
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1,248,624 (2019) MFA houston.jpg
59
National Museum in Krakow Krakow 1,196,207 (2019) Building of the National Museum in Kraków, 01.jpg
60
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal 1,174,890 (2019) Museum of Fine Arts, main entrance, Montreal.jpg
61
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Bilbao 1,190,669 (2019) Bilbao - Guggenheim aurore.jpg
62
Saatchi Gallery London 1,160,729 (2019) SaatchiGallery.jpg
63
Museo Soumaya Mexico City 1,115,922 (2019) Museo Soumaya, Ciudad de México, México, 2015-07-18, DD 12.JPG|
64
Musée du quai Branly Paris 1,112,423 (2019) Musee du quai Branly exterieur.jpg
65
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Brussels 1,091,280 (2019) Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts Belgique 1101.jpg
66
Grand Palais Paris 1,075,187 (2019) Le Grand Palais depuis le pont Alexandre III à Paris.jpg
67
Serralves Museum Porto 1,074,200 (2019) Museu de Serralves 001.jpg
68
Imperial War Museum London 1,073,935 (2019) Supermarine Spitfire at Imperial War Museum London.jpg
69
Museu Picasso Barcelona 1,072,887 (2019) Fondation Louis Vuitton 5.jpg
70
De Young Museum San Francisco 1,070,157 (2019) M. H. de Young Memorial Museum.jpg
71
Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris 1,065,000 (2019) Fondation Louis Vuitton 5.jpg
72
Berardo Collection Museum Lisbon 1,060,544 (2019) Berardo Collection Museum.png
73
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid 1,129,270 Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid 49 (29684554308).jpg
74
Whitney Museum New York City 1,030,945 (2019) The Whitney Museum, New York City in 2015.JPG
75
Musée de l'Orangerie Paris 1,029,975 (2019) Hong Kong Heritage Museum 201305.jpg
76
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Sydney 1,014,021 (2019) MCA Sydney.jpg
77
Albertina Vienna 1,001,294 Albertina1.JPG

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes the Getty Center only. Does not include Getty Villa (379,214).

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Art Newspaper", March 30, 2021