List of most-visited art museums

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This article lists the most-visited art museums in the world in 2021, and top museums in 2022 as they are reported. 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.

List[edit]

No. Museum Country and city Visitors annually Image
(2022)
Louvre France Paris 7,800,000 (2022)
(up from 2,285,000 in 2021)[2]
(2022)
Musée d'Orsay France Paris 4,200,000 (2022)
(up from 1,044,365 in 2021)[3]
The Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
(2022)
Uffizi Gallery Italy Florence 4,000,000 (2022)
(up from 1.7 million in 2021)[4]
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(2022)
Musée National d'Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou) France Paris 3,000,000 (2022)
(up from 1,500,000 in 2021)[5][6]
The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
(2021)
National Museum of China China Beijing 2,377,600 (2021)[7]
(up 49 percent from 2020)
(2021)
Russian Museum Russia Saint Petersburg 2,260,231 (2021)
(up 88 percent from 2020)
(2021)
Multimedia Art Museum Russia Moscow 2,242,405 (2021)
(up 421 percent from 2020)
(2021)
Metropolitan Museum of Art United States New York 1,958,000 (2021)
(Up 84 percent from 2020)
(2021)
National Gallery of Art United States Washington, D.C. 1,704,606 (2021)
(up by 133 percent from 2020)
West Building NGA.jpg
(2021)
State Hermitage Museum Russia Saint Petersburg 1,649,443 (2021), up 70 percent from 2020[8]
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
(2021)
Museo Reina Sofía Spain Madrid 1,643,108 (2021)
(up 32 percent from 2020)
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
(2021)
Vatican Museums Vatican City Vatican City 1,612,530 (2021)
(up 24 percent from 2020)
(2021)
Tretyakov Gallery Russia Moscow 1,580,819 (2021)
(up 77 percent from 2020)
Moscow 05-2012 TretyakovGallery.jpg
(2021)
British Museum United Kingdom London 1,327,120 (2021)
[9] (up 42 percent from 2020)
The British Museum, London, England
13
National Museum of Korea South Korea Seoul 1,262,562 (2021)
(Up 63 percent from 2020)
National Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea
14
Museo del Prado Spain Madrid 1,175,296 (2021)
(up 38 percent from 2020)
Madrid-1758045.jpg
15
Royal Castle, Warsaw Poland Warsaw 1,168,821 (2021)
(up 80% from 2020)
Poland-00808 - Castle Square (31215382745).jpg
16
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
17
Tate Modern United Kingdom London 1,156,037 (2021)
(down 19 percent from 2020)
Tate Modern - Bankside Power Station.jpg
18
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Japan Tokyo 1,049,183 (2021)
(up 106 percent from 2020)
Tokyo metropolitan art museum01 1920.jpg
20
Somerset House United Kingdom London 984,978 (2021)
(up by 36 percent from 2020)
Somerset House, London, England
22
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art South Korea Seoul 937,484 (2021)
(up by 97 percent from 2020)
MMCA-Gwacheon.jpg
23
The National Art Center, Tokyo Japan Tokyo 881,733 (2021)
(up 113 percent from 2020)
National Art Center Tokyo 2008.jpg
24
Shanghai Museum China Shanghai 880,457 (2021)
(up by 46 percent from 2020)
Shanghai Museum exterior 1.jpg
25
Victoria and Albert Museum United Kingdom London 857,742 (2021)
(down 2 percent from 2020)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
26
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa New Zealand Wellington 808,706 (2021)
(down 3 percent from 2020)
Te papa museum.jpg
27
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
28
National Gallery of Victoria Australia Melbourne 801,699 (2021)
(up 26 percent from 2020)
National gallery victoria international.jpg
29
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Russia Moscow 766,325 (2021)
(up 36 percent from 2020))
Gmii.jpg
30
National Gallery Singapore Singapore Singapore 748,526 (2021)
(up 2 percent from 2020)
Singapore Old Supreme Court 5.jpg
31
National Gallery United Kingdom London 708,924 (2021)
(down 48 percent from 2020)
The National Gallery, London, England
32
Louis Vuitton Foundation France Paris 691,000 (2021)
(up 174 percent from 2020)
Fondation Louis Vuitton 5.jpg
33
National Museum in Krakow Poland Krakow 679,729 (2021)
(up percent from 2020)
Building of the National Museum in Kraków, 01.jpg
34
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Spain Madrid 671,078 (2021)
(up 97 percent from 2020 )

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid) 07.jpg

35
Scottish National Gallery United Kingdom Edinburgh 660,741 (2021)
(up 49 percent from 2020)
National Gallery of Scotland restitch1 2005-08-07.jpg
36
Gyeongju National Museum South Korea Gyeongju 653,651 (2021)
(up 79 percent from 2020)
Korea-Gyeongju.National.Museum-04.jpg
37
Rijksmuseum Netherlands Amsterdam 625,000 (2021)
(down 7 percent from 2020)
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum front (detail).jpg
38
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
39
Hong Kong Museum of Art Hong Kong Kowloon 619,810 (2021)
(up 160 percent from 2020)
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa
40
Musée du quai Branly France Paris 615,795 (2021)
(no data from 2020)
Musee du quai Branly exterieur.jpg
41
Tokyo National Museum Japan Tokyo 605,214 (2021)
(down 16 percent from 2020)
Tokyo National Museum, Honkan 2010.jpg
42
West Bund Museum China Shanghai 592,000 (2021)
(up 62 percent from 2020)
West Bund Museum, Shanghai, Jun 2020.jpg
43
UCCA Center for Contemporary Art China Beijing 585,621 (2021) (up 52 percent from 2020) UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.jpg
44
Kunst­historisches Museum Austria Vienna 579,204 (2021)
(up 27 percent from 2020)
Maria-Theresien-Platz Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien 2010.jpg
45
Moscow Kremlin Museums Russia Moscow 578,000 (2021)
(up 36 percent from 2020
Kremlin Armoury.jpg
46
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
47
Acropolis Museum Greece Athens 547,910 (2021)
(Up 69 percent from 2020)
New Acropolis Museum 5.jpg
48
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain Bilbao 530,967 (2021)
(up 68 percent from 2020)
Bilbao - Guggenheim aurore.jpg
49
Tate Britain United Kingdom London 525,144 (2021)
(up 34 percent from 2020)
Tate Britain (5822081512) (2).jpg
50
Petit Palais France Paris 517,624 (2021)
(no data from 2020)
Facade of Petit Palais, Paris 6 March 2015.jpg
52
Humboldt Forum Germany Berlin 515,000 (2021)
(new museum; no data from 2020)
Humboldt Forum-9148.jpg
53
Bourse de commerce (Paris) (Pinault Collection) France Paris 508,689 (2021)
(new museum)
Boursecommerce.jpg
54
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
55
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia Brisbane 499,530 (2021)
(up 51 percent from 2020)
Gallery of Modern Art Main Entrance.JPG
56
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston United States Houston 495,530 (2021)
(up 51 percent from 2020)
MFA houston.jpg
57
Whitney Museum United States New York 492,500 (2021)
(up 111 percent from 2020)
Whitney Museum of American Art (49051573133).jpg
58
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
59
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston United States Boston 477,427 (2021)
(up 91 percent from 2020)
Boston Museum of Fine Artes.jpg
60
Royal Academy of Arts United Kingdom London 468,693 (2021)
(up 21 percent from 2020)
Burlington House.jpg
61
National Gallery of Australia Australia Canberra 455,558 (2021)
(up 51 percent from 2020)
National Gallery from SW, Canberra Australia.jpg
62
China Art Museum, Pudong, Shanghai China Shanghai 450,000 (2021)
(new museum)
Shanghai Museum exterior 1.jpg
63
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
64
Art Gallery of South Australia Australia Adelaide 444,577 (2021)
(up 35% from 2020)
AGSAfront.jpg
65
Triennale di Milano Italy Milan 441,749 (2021)
(no data from 2020)
P arte 4.jpg
66
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
67
Philadelphia Museum of Art United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 437,348 (2021)
(Up 149 percent from 2020)
PhiladelphiaMuseumOfArt2017.jpg
69
Art Gallery of New South Wales Australia Sydney 428,748 (2021)
(down 22 percent from 2020)
NSWAG.jpg
70
Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg Russia Saint Petersburg 420,000 (2021)
down 42 percent from 2020)
Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg 01.JPG
72
National Palace Museum Taiwan Taipei 416,436 (2021)
(down 35 percent from 2020)
NationalPalace MuseumFrontView.jpg
73
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts United States Richmond, Virginia 410,734 (2021)
(up 58 percent from 2020)
E201605 TF 0030.jpg
74
Cleveland Museum of Art United States Cleveland, Ohio 409,921 (2021)
(up 122 percent from 2020)
Cleveland Museum of Art.jpg
75
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Russia Moscow 408,057 (2021)
(up 40 percent from 2020)
Здание Музея современного искусства «Гараж».jpg
76
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum Denmark Aarhus 401,844 (2021)
(down 9 percent from 2020)
Aros.Arhus.1.jpg
77
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
78
Museo Egizio Italy Turin 398,336 (2021)
(up 65 percent from 2020))
Museo Egizio e Galleria sabauda, Torino.jpg
79
De Young Museum United States San Francisco 394,402 (2021)
(up 69 percent from 2020)
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum.jpg
80
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
81
Musée des Arts Decoratifs France Paris 391,379 (2021)
(up 32 percent from 2020)
Musée des Arts Décoratifs 2009 001.jpg
83
Caixa Forum Spain Madrid 390,239 (2021)
(up 83 percent from 2020)
CaixaForum Madrid (España) 01.jpg
84
Kunsthaus Zürich Switzerland Zurich 382,603 (2021)
(up 42 percent from 2020)
Kunsthaus Zürich 2011-08-06 17-33-46.jpg
85
Musée de l'Orangerie France Paris 380,147 (2021)
(up 64 percent from 2020)
Musée de l’Orangerie exterior.JPG
86
M+ Hong Kong Kowloon 371,082 (2021)
(new)
M+, West Kowloon, Hong Kong.jpg
88
Van Gogh Museum Netherlands Amsterdam 366,359 (2021)
(down 29 percent from 2020)
Van Gogh Museum, Pedaalemmer foto 1.jpg
89
Albertina Austria Vienna 366,280 (2021)
(up 2 percent from 2020)
Albertina1.JPG
91
Yorkshire Sculpture Park United Kingdom Wakefield 363,320 (2021)
(new)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park Nigel Hall sculpture.jpg
96
Instituto Tomie Ohtake [pt] Brazil São Paulo 329,683 (2021)
(down 81 percent from 2020)
Instituto Tomie Ohtake - FCL 02.jpg
93
Queensland Art Gallery Australia Brisbane 341,023(2021)
(up 26 percentfrom 2020)
Main foyer of Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.jpg
94
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Denmark Humlebæk 334,926 (2021)
(down 17 percent from 2020)
Louisiana greenery.jpg
95
World Museum United Kingdom Liverpool 330,593 (2021)
(up 22 percent from 2020)
World Museum Liverpool - 2014-11-16 (2).jpg
100
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
97
MMCA Deoksugung South Korea Seoul 329,391 (2021)
(up 144 percent from 2020)
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, full view.jpg
98
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Austria Vienna 328,413 (2021)
(up 21 percent from 2020)
Wien - Schloss Belvedere, oberes (4).JPG
109
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum United Kingdom Glasgow 288,212 (2021)
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1.jpg
105
National Museum of Scotland United Kingdom Edinburgh 302,909 (2021)
(up 48 percent from 2020)
Museum of Scotland.jpg
(Museums below did not report 2021 attendance figures)
68
National Portrait Gallery (Australia) Australia Canberra 430,932 (2020)
(down 81% from 2019)
National Portrait Gallery building.jpg
71
Mireuksaji Museum South Korea Iksan 417,527 (2020)
(no data for 2019)
Mireuksaji National Museum.jpg
82
Palazzo Reale Italy Milan 390,716 (2020)
(down 48% from 2019)
Palazzo reale piazza.jpg
87
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Australia Sydney 367,849 (2020)
(down 64% from 2019)
Sydney NSW, Australia - panoramio (36).jpg
90
Art Institute of Chicago United States Chicago 365,660 (2020)
(down 78% from 2019)
Interrior view, Art Institute of Chicago.jpg
92
Saatchi Gallery United Kingdom London 354,787 (2020)
(down 69% from 2019)
SaatchiGallery.jpg
99
Louvre Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 324,718
(down 67% from 2019)
101
Museo Soumaya Mexico Mexico City 321,803 (2020)
(down 71% from 2019
Museo Soumaya, Ciudad de México, México, 2015-07-18, DD 12.JPG
102
Städel Museum Germany Frankfurt 318,792 (2020)
(down 45% from 2019)
Das Städel Museum mit Städel Garten.jpg
103
Berardo Collection Museum Portugal Lisbon 317,028 (2020)
(down 65% from 2019)
Berardo Collection Museum.png
104
National Portrait Gallery United Kingdom London 309,402 (2020)
(down 81% from 2019)
National Portrait Gallery (40400017530).jpg
106
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Canada Montreal 301,474 (2020)
(down 74% from 2019)
Museum of Fine Arts, main entrance, Montreal.jpg
107
Deutsches Historisches Museum Germany Berlin 299,002 (2020) Fassade der Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum (ehem. Zeughaus) - Berlin.jpg
108
Beyeler Foundation Switzerland Basel 291,604 (2020)
(down 33% from 2019)
Riehen - Fondation Beyeler.jpg
110
National Gallery of Denmark Denmark Copen­hagen 285,901 (2020)
(down 27% from 2019)
SMK Entrance.jpg
111
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Brazil São Paulo 282,998 (2020)
(down 66% from 2019)
Rio-CCBB.jpg
112
National Gallery Prague Czech Republic Prague 282,562 (2020)
(down 49% from 2019)
Praha Veletržní palác jih.jpg
113
Imperial War Museum United Kingdom London 278,797 (2020)
(down 74% from 2019)
Imperial War Museum, London (geograph 4108048).jpg
114
Daegu National Museum South Korea Daegu 277,887 (2020)
(down 49% from 2019)
Daegu National Museum.jpg
115
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam 277,000 (2020)
(down 59% from 2019)
Stedelijk Museum 1.jpg
116
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Belgium Brussels 273,571 (2020)
(down 75% from 2019)
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts Belgique 1101.jpg
117
National Museum of Art, Osaka Japan Osaka 270,097 (2020) National Museum of Art Osaka in 201407.JPG
118
Christchurch Art Gallery New Zealand Christ­church 253,058 (2020)
(down 28% from 2019)
Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.jpg
12
Royal Ontario Museum Canada Toronto No figures for 2021 or 2020. 1,440,000 (2018)[10] The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

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Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Art Newspaper, March 28, 2022
  2. ^ "Le Parisien", 6 January, 2023
  3. ^ "Le Parisien", 6 January, 2023
  4. ^ ANSA News Agency, January 19, 2023
  5. ^ "Le Parisien", 6 January, 2023
  6. ^ [1]"Le Quotiden de L"Art" 6 January 2023
  7. ^ "National Museum Annual Report Information System". NCHA.
  8. ^ "The Art Newspaper", March 22,2022
  9. ^ Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), March 22, 2022
  10. ^ "The Royal Ontario Museum Draws Highest Attendance Numbers in its History" (Press release). Royal Ontario Museum. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018 – via rom.on.ca.