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. Overall, attendance at the top one hundred art museums dropped by 77 percent in 2020.[1]

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N. Museum City Visitors annually[a] 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 Kanazawa 971,256 (2020). (down 77 percent from 2019) 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa
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 Wellington 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 in Saint Petersburg 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
42
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum Aarhus 440,869 (2020) (down 39 percent from 2019) Aros.Arhus.1.jpg
43
Musée du quai Branly Paris 438,813 (2020) (down 61 percent from 2019) Musee du quai Branly exterieur.jpg
44
Grand Palais Paris 437,786 (2020) (down 59 percent from 2019) Le Grand Palais depuis le pont Alexandre III à Paris.jpg
45
National Portrait Gallery (Australia) Canberra 430,932 (2020) (down 81 percent from 2019) National Portrait Gallery building.jpg
46
Moscow Kremlin Museums Moscow 424,922 (2020) (down 86 percent from 2019) Kremlin Armoury.jpg
47
Mireuksaji Museum Iksan, Korea 417,527 (2020) (no data for 2019) Mireuksaji National Museum.jpg
48
Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv 414,151 (2020) (down 69 percent from 2019) PikiWiki Israel 15635 The new wing of Tel Aviv museum of art.JPG
49
The National Art Center, Tokyo Tokyo 413,316 (2020) (down 78 percent from 2019) National Art Center Tokyo 2008.jpg
50
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Humlebaek, Denmark 402,950 (2020) (down 47 percent from 2019) Louisiana greenery.jpg
51
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 401,935 (2020) (down 68 percent from 2019) MFA houston.jpg
52
Tate Britain London 391,599 (2020) (down 78 percent from 2019) Tate Britain (5822081512) (2).jpg
53
Palazzo Reale Milan 390,716 (2020) (down 48 percent from 2019) Palazzo reale piazza.jpg
54
Royal Academy of Arts London 385,775 (2020) (down 69 percent from 2019) Burlington House.jpg
55
UCCA Center for Contemporary Art Beijing 385,295 (2020) (no data from 2019) UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.jpg
56
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Sydney 367,849 (2020) (down 64 percent from 20) MCA Sydney.jpg
57
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago 365,660 (2020) (down 78 percent from 2019) Interrior view, Art Institute of Chicago.jpg
58
Gyeongju National Museum Gyeongju 365,294 (2020) (down 71 percent from 2019) Korea-Gyeongju.National.Museum-04.jpg
59
Albertina Vienna 360,073 (2020) (down 64 percent from 2019) Albertina1.JPG
60
Saatchi Gallery London 354,787 (2020) (down 69 percent from 2019 SaatchiGallery.jpg
61
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Bentonville, Arkansas 353,123 (2020) (down 50 percent from 2019) Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.jpg
62
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid 341,008 (down 67 percent from 2019) Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid) 07.jpg
63
Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide 330,249 (down 22 percent from 2019) AGSAfront.jpg
64
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Brisbane 330,031 (down 54 percent from 2019) Gallery of Modern Art Main Entrance.JPG
65
Louvre Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi 324,718 (down 67 percent from 2019) Inauguration du Louvre Abou Dhabi par Groupe F 02.jpg
66
Acropolis Museum Athens 324,633 (2020) (down 82 percent from 2019) New Acropolis Museum 5.jpg
67
Museo Soumaya Mexico City 321,803 (2020) (down 71 percent from 2019 Museo Soumaya, Ciudad de México, México, 2015-07-18, DD 12.JPG|
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Donald W. Reynolds Center (National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of American Art) Washington D.C. 321,286 (2020) (down 81 percent. from 2019) Old Patent Office, Washington, D.C. 2011.jpg
70
Galleria dell'Accademia Florence 319,453 (2020) (down 81 percent from 2019) David by Michelangelo in The Gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti.jpg
71
Städel Museum Frankfurt 318,792 (2020) (down 45 percent from 2019) Das Städel Museum mit Städel Garten.jpg
72
Berardo Collection Museum Lisbon 371,028 (2020) (down 65 percent from 2019) Berardo Collection Museum.png
73
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Bilbao 315,908 (2020) (down 73% from 2019) Bilbao - Guggenheim aurore.jpg
74
National Museum in Krakow Krakow 311,362 (2020) (down 74% from 2019) Building of the National Museum in Kraków, 01.jpg
75
Instituto Tomie Ohtake São Paulo 309,760 (2020) (down 45% from 2019)
76
National Portrait Gallery London 309,402 (2020) (down 81% from 2019) National Portrait Gallery (40400017530).jpg
77
Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh 304,560 (2020) (down 81% from 2019) National Gallery of Scotland restitch1 2005-08-07.jpg
78
National Gallery of Australia Canberra 302,592 (2020) (down 65% from 2019) National Gallery from SW, Canberra Australia.jpg
79
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal 301,474 (2020) (down 74% from 2019) Museum of Fine Arts, main entrance, Montreal.jpg
80
Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin 299,002 (2020) Fassade der Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum (ehem. Zeughaus) - Berlin.jpg
81
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow 291,794 (2020) (down 69% from 2019) Здание Музея современного искусства «Гараж».jpg
82
Beyeler Foundation Basel 291,604 (2020) (down 33% from 2019) Riehen - Fondation Beyeler.jpg
83
National Gallery of Denmark Copenhagen 285,901 (2020) (down 27% from 2019) SMK Entrance.jpg
84
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil São Paulo 282,998 (2020) (down 66% from 2019) Centro Cultural banco do Brasil(By Felipe Mostarda).jpg
85
National Gallery Prague Prague 282,562 (2020) (down 49% from 2019) Praha Veletržní palác jih.jpg
86
Imperial War Museum London 278,797 (2020) (down 74% from 2019) Imperial War Museum, London (geograph 4108048).jpg
87
Daegu National Museum Daegu 277,887 (2020) (down 49% from 2019) Daegu National Museum.jpg
88
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Amsterdam 277,000 (2020) (down 59% from 2019) Stedelijk Museum 1.jpg
89
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Brussels 273,571 (2020) (down 75% from 2019) Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts Belgique 1101.jpg
90
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Vienna 271,621 (2020) (down 79% from 2019) Wien - Schloss Belvedere, oberes (4).JPG
91
World Museum Liverpool 271,058 (2020) (down 60% from 2019) World Museum Liverpool - 2014-11-16 (2).jpg
92
Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane 271,030 (2020) (down 58% from 2019) Main foyer of Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.jpg
93
National Museum of Art, Osaka Osaka 270,097 (2020) NMAO01s3200.jpg
94
Getty Center Los Angeles 267,035 (2020) (down 81% from 2019) Getty Center 2.jpg
95
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond, Virginia 260,350 (2020) (down 49% from 2019) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - entrance Fall2010.JPG
96
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow 259,978 (2020) (down 86% from 2019) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1.jpg
97
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids Charter Township, Michigan 259,329 (2020) (down 61% from 2019) Meijer Gardens October 2014 61 (Tropical Conservatory).jpg
98
Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris 253,409 (2020) (down 76% from 2019) Fondation Louis Vuitton 5.jpg
99
Christchurch Art Gallery Christchurch 253,058 (2020) (down 28% from 2019) Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.jpg
100
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston 249,881 (2020) (down 80% from 2019) Boston Museum of Fine Artes.jpg

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Annual visitation figures for 2020[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Art Newspaper, March 30, 2021
  2. ^ [1]