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Ranking of the World's Most Visited Museums
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Ranking of the World's Most Visited Museums (2011) »

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Art museums are spaces that exhibit and promote art, mainly painting and sculpture. They are a true tourist stop and they attract hundreds of thousands or even millions of people every year, as can be seen in this ranking. Their purpose is to make culture, research, related publications and educational activities more widespread and readily available for the public at large.

As regards their location, the United States stands out as having the most visited museums. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Africa and South America.

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Museumcolumns columns Number of visitors  (people)
1Musée du LouvreMusée du Louvre8,500,000
2British MuseumBritish Museum5,842,138
3Metropolitan Museum of ArtMetropolitan Museum of Art5,216,988
4Tate ModernTate Modern5,061,172
5National GalleryNational Gallery4,954,914
6National Gallery of Art (Washington)National Gallery of Art (Washington)4,775,114
7Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva YorkMuseo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York3,131,238
8Centre Georges PompidouCentre Georges Pompidou3,130,000
9National Museum of KoreaNational Museum of Korea3,067,909
10Musée d´OrsayMusée d´Orsay2,985,510
11Museo del PradoMuseo del Prado2,732,000
12Victoria and Albert MuseumVictoria and Albert Museum2,629,065
13Hermitage MuseumHermitage Museum2,490,387
14Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil de RioCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil de Rio2,317,772
15Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofíaMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía2,313,532
16M. H. de Young Memorial MuseumM. H. de Young Memorial Museum2,043,854
17The National Art Center, TokyoThe National Art Center, Tokyo2,027,980
18National Portrait Gallery (London)National Portrait Gallery (London)1,819,442
19Tate BritainTate Britain1,665,291
20Uffizi GalleryUffizi Gallery1,615,210
21Art Institute of ChicagoArt Institute of Chicago1,612,780
22Museo Nacional de GyeongjuMuseo Nacional de Gyeongju1,491,582
23Van Gogh MuseumVan Gogh Museum1,429,854
24Museu PicassoMuseu Picasso1,369,187
25Museo de la AcrópolisMuseo de la Acrópolis1,355,720
26Quai Branly MuseumQuai Branly Museum1,326,153
27Royal Palace of MilanRoyal Palace of Milan1,300,000
28Tretyakov GalleryTretyakov Gallery1,297,424
29Palacio de DresdePalacio de Dresde1,286,733
30Saatchi GallerySaatchi Gallery1,271,301
31Tokyo National MuseumTokyo National Museum1,271,174
32Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil de BrasiliaCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil de Brasilia1,267,146
33Getty CenterGetty Center1,205,685
34Accademia di Belle Arti FirenzeAccademia di Belle Arti Firenze1,170,933
35Museo de MelbourneMuseo de Melbourne1,164,139
36National Portrait Gallery (United States)National Portrait Gallery (United States)1,144,494
37Neues MuseumNeues Museum1,142,000
38Museo de Bellas Artes de HoustonMuseo de Bellas Artes de Houston1,125,000
39Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum1,105,352
40Australian Centre for the Moving Image MelbourneAustralian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne1,103,536
41Smithsonian American Art MuseumSmithsonian American Art Museum1,100,000
42Galería de Arte moderno de QueenslandGalería de Arte moderno de Queensland1,089,691
43Kelvingrove Art Gallery and MuseumKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum1,070,521
44Museo AshmoleanMuseo Ashmolean1,042,310
45Pergamon MuseumPergamon Museum1,035,000
46Royal Academy of ArtsRoyal Academy of Arts1,007,306
47Kremlin ArmouryKremlin Armoury1,006,738
48Art Gallery of New South WalesArt Gallery of New South Wales1,004,404
49Galería nacional de EscociaGalería nacional de Escocia969,449
50Berardo Collection MuseumBerardo Collection Museum964,540
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