List of most-visited museums

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This article lists museums with more than two million annual visitors in 2019. A museum is defined as a building or institution dedicated to the acquisition, care, research, and exhibition of numerous objects that represent the legacy of humankind and its environment.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Criteria for inclusion[edit]

Major sources for this list are the Art Newspaper's annual exhibition and museum visitor figures, which includes only art museums; the TEA/AECOM Museum Index, which only includes museums in East Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States, and museum statistics compiled by national agencies in countries not comprehensively covered by the first two sources, such as China's National Cultural Heritage Administration and Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. The list includes art museums, history museums, natural history museums, and science museums, but does not include archaeological sites, historical monuments, or many palace museums.[a] This list generally follows that guideline, so the Palace of Versailles, Peterhof Palace, and Forbidden City are not included, although these sites include some museum collections. Such palace museums are found in the List of most visited palaces and monuments. The list also includes one site, the Mevlana Museum, a mausoleum and religious shrine which is classified by the Turkish government as a museum. It does not include Hagia Sophia, which the Turkish government no longer classifies as a museum as of 2020.

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.
National Museum of China, Beijing, China.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, United States.
Vatican Museums, Vatican City.
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


Name Country flag, city Visitors per year Year reported[b]
Louvre France Paris 9,600,000 2019[12]
National Museum of China China Beijing 7,390,000 2019[12]
Vatican Museums Vatican City Vatican City 6,882,931 2019[12]
Metropolitan Museum of Art[c] United States New York City 6,479,548 2019[12]
British Museum United Kingdom London 6,239,983 2019[12]
Tate Modern United Kingdom London 6,098,340 2019[12]
National Gallery United Kingdom London 6,011,007 2019[12]
Natural History Museum United Kingdom London 5,424,000 2019[13]
American Museum of Natural History United States New York City 5,000,000 2019[13]
State Hermitage Museum Russia Saint Petersburg 4,956,529 2019[12]
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum China Shanghai 4,824,000 2019[13]
Museo Reina Sofía Spain Madrid 4,425,699 2019[12]
Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History China Guangzhou 4,257,100 2019[14]
National Museum of Natural History United States Washington, D.C. 4,200,000 2019[13]
Nanjing Museum China Nanjing 4,169,000 2019[13]
Zhejiang Museum China Hangzhou 4,150,000 2019[13]
National Gallery of Art United States Washington, D.C. 4,074,403 2019[12]
Victoria and Albert Museum United Kingdom London 3,992,198 2019[15]
China Science and Technology Museum China Beijing 3,891,000 2019[13]
Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution China Beijing 3,870,000 2019[14]
National Palace Museum[d] Taiwan Taipei 3,832,373 2019[15]
Shenzhen Museum China Shenzhen 3,826,000 2019[14]
Musée d'Orsay France Paris 3,651,616 2019[15]
Museo del Prado Spain Madrid 3,497,345 2019[15]
Mevlana Museum Turkey Konya 3,464,155 2019[11]
Xi'an Museum [zh] China Xi'an 3,420,000 2019[13]
National Museum of Korea South Korea Seoul 3,354,161 2019[15]
Centre Pompidou France Paris 3,273,867 2019[15]
London Science Museum United Kingdom London 3,254,000 2019[13]
National Air and Space Museum United States Washington, D.C. 3,200,000 2019[13]
Tianjin Natural History Museum China Tianjin 3,150,000 2019[13]
Hunan Museum China Changsha 3,140,000 2019[13]
Moscow Kremlin Museums Russia Moscow 3,101,550 2019[15]
National Museum of Anthropology Mexico Mexico City 3,086,555 2019[16]
National Taiwan Science Education Center Taiwan Taipei 3,000,000 2019[13]
Royal Museums Greenwich United Kingdom London 2,906,000 2019[17]
Shaanxi History Museum China Xi'an 2,900,000 2019[13]
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Japan Tokyo 2,873,806 2019[15]
Somerset House United Kingdom London 2,841,772 2019[15]
Tretyakov Gallery Russia Moscow 2,835,836 2019[15]
National Museum of History Mexico Mexico City 2,811,646 2019[16]
National Museum of American History United States Washington, D.C. 2,800,000 2019[13]
Rijksmuseum Netherlands Amsterdam 2,700,000 2019[15]
Tokyo National Museum Japan Tokyo 2,684,754 2019[15]
National Museum of Natural Science Taiwan Taichung 2,650,000 2019[13]
Chongqing Museum of Natural History China Chongqing 2,624,700 2019[14]
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Brazil Rio de Janeiro 2,606,999 2019[15]
Shanghai Natural History Museum China Shanghai 2,549,000 2019[13]
National Museum of Nature and Science Japan Tokyo 2,460,000 2019[13]
Zhejiang Museum of Natural History China Hangzhou 2,443,000 2019[13]
NGV International Australia Melbourne 2,432,883 2019[15]
Hubei Provincial Museum China Wuhan 2,400,000 2019[13]
Russian Museum Russia Saint Petersburg 2,394,400 2019[15]
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie France Paris 2,370,000 2019[13]
Galleria degli Uffizi Italy Florence 2,361,732 2019[15]
Inner Mongolia Museum China Hohhot 2,361,000 2019[14]
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Poland Oświęcim 2,320,000 2019[18]
Three Gorges Museum China Chongqing 2,301,900 2019[14]
National Folk Museum of Korea South Korea Seoul 2,286,276 2019[15]
Liaoning Provincial Museum China Shenyang 2,280,000 2019[14]
Chengdu Museum [zh] China Chengdu 2,259,000 2019[14]
Guangdong Museum China Guangzhou 2,234,800 2019[14]
Wenzhou Museum [zh] China Wenzhou 2,229,900 2019[14]
National Museum of Scotland United Kingdom Edinburgh 2,210,024 2019[15]
California Science Center United States Los Angeles 2,200,000 2019[13]
Van Gogh Museum Netherlands Amsterdam 2,100,000 2019[15]
Kraków Saltworks Museum Poland Wieliczka 2,078,544 2019[19]
Shanghai Museum China Shanghai 2,070,270 2019[15]
Suzhou Museum China Suzhou 2,030,000 2019[14]
National Museum of African American History and Culture United States Washington, D.C. 2,000,000 2019[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Some well-attended palace museums are not included in either the Art Newspaper or TEA/AECOM lists, although they are sometimes classified as museums by their respective national cultural agencies. These include Beijing's Forbidden City (which, with more than 19 million visitors in 2019, was ranked as the most-visited museum by the China Daily News Agency[8]); the Palace of Versailles (8,132,518 visitors in 2018);[9] Peterhof Palace (5,714,700 visitors in 2018), which is formally classified either as a "Дворцо́во-па́рковый анса́мбль, or Palace-Park Ensemble" or as a "Museum-Park Ensemble" by the Russian Ministry of Culture;[10] the Museum of King John III's Palace at Wilanów (3,151,385 visitors in 2018);[9] and Istanbul's Topkapı Palace (2,364,946 visitors in 2019).[11]
  2. ^ Some museums in Italy and Asia were closed because of the Coronavirus in Spring 2020 when the Art Newspaper was conducting its survey. In those cases, the list shows the reported 2018 attendance figures instead of the 2019 figures. The American Museum of Natural History in New York was closed for renovation during much of 2019. The list shows the 2018 attendance.
  3. ^ Includes visitors at the main Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Met Cloisters, but not the visitors recorded at the Met Breuer.[12]
  4. ^ Includes only the visitors recorded at the main museum in Taipei, and not visitors recorded at the Southern Branch.


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