List of most visited museums in the United Kingdom

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British Museum, London
Tate Modern, London
National Gallery, London
Natural History Museum, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This article lists the most visited museums in the United Kingdom (including art galleries). The list of 40 is based on the 2015 attendance numbers of the members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions unless otherwise noted.[1]

Rank Museum Location Country Visitor Count
1
British Museum London  England 6,820,686
2
National Gallery London  England 5,908,254
3
Natural History Museum London  England 5,284,023
4
Tate Modern London  England 4,712,581
5
Victoria and Albert Museum London  England 3,432,325
6
Science Museum London  England 3,356,212
7
National Portrait Gallery London  England 2,145,486
8
National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh  Scotland 1,567,310
9
Saatchi Gallery[2] London  England 1,413,605
10
Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh  Scotland 1,377,710
11
National Maritime Museum London  England 1,357,663
12
Tate Britain London  England 1,284,519
13
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Glasgow  Scotland 1,261,552
14
Riverside Museum Glasgow  Scotland 1,131,814
15
Imperial War Museum London  England 1,104,670
16
Royal Academy of Arts London  England 1,096,608
17
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery [3] Birmingham  England 909,935
18
Ashmolean Museum Oxford  England 847,716
19
Royal Observatory, Greenwich London  England 778,941
20
National Football Museum Manchester  England 776,000
21
Museum of Liverpool Liverpool  England 747,263
22
National Railway Museum York  England 733,618
23
Museum of Science and Industry Manchester  England 697,290
24
Merseyside Maritime Museum Liverpool  England 662,494
25
Oxford University Museum of Natural History Oxford  England 640,092
26
Tate Liverpool Liverpool  England 626,410
27
National War Museum Edinburgh  Scotland 601,074
28
St Fagans National History Museum[4] Cardiff  Wales 600,735
29
Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow  Scotland 589,791
30
Churchill War Rooms London  England 499,078
31
International Slavery Museum Liverpool  England 460,161
32
V&A Museum of Childhood London  England 449,787
33
National Media Museum Bradford  England 442,314
34
Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford  England 415,766
35
Mary Rose Museum Portsmouth  England 337,716
36
Coventry Transport Museum [5] Coventry  England 320,643
37
Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh  Scotland 312,877
38
Black Country Living Museum [6] Dudley  England 292,533
39
Imperial War Museum North Manchester  England 292,448
40
Imperial War Museum Duxford Duxford  England 278,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visits made in 2015 to Visitor Attractions in Membership with ALVA". Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Special Report: Visitor Figures 2012" (PDF). The Art Newspaper. London. April 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ (PDF) https://www.visitbritain.org/sites/default/files/vb-corporate/Documents-Library/documents/England-documents/most_visited_free_west_midlands_2015.pdf. Retrieved 15 August 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Cumulative Visitor Figures 2012–2013". Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  5. ^ (PDF) https://www.visitbritain.org/sites/default/files/vb-corporate/Documents-Library/documents/England-documents/most_visited_free_west_midlands_2015.pdf. Retrieved 15 August 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ (PDF) https://www.bclm.co.uk/media/about/library/annual-review-2015-16-low.pdf. Retrieved 10 August 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)