Most Visited Museums In The World

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and the Economics practice at AECOM recently published their 2016 report of the “definitive annual attendance study for the themed entertainment and museum industries.” Here are the top 10 most visited museums in the world.

10. Tate Modern (London, U.K)
Attendance: 5,839,000
The Tate Modern, in London, is an international modern and contemporary art museum. The Tate first opened in 1897. Today it has 4 major sites that are homes to 70,000 artworks.

9. Vatican Museums (Vatican, Vatican City)
Attendance: 6,067,000
The Vatican Museums are a collection of museums that range from Christian memorabilia and history, art works and gardens. The museum is home to art works by famed painters such as Leonardo Di Vinci and Raphael.

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8. National Gallery (London, U.K.)
Attendance: 6,263,000
According to the museum’s website, “The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.”

7. Shanghai Science & Technology Museum (Shanghai, China)
Attendance: 6,316,000
The Shanghai Science & Technology Museum has 13 main exhibits and 4 science theaters. Some of the permanent exhibits include Spectrum of Life, Spectrum of Life, and Earth Exploration.

6. British Museum (London, U.K.)
Attendance: 6,420,000
The British Museum has a wide variety of collections that exhibit human history, art and culture. The museum is free and open daily.

5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City, USA)
Attendance: 6,700,000
Affectionately known as ‘The Met’, this museum is home to over 2 million works of art. It is the largest art museum in the United States.

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4. National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.)
Attendance: 7,100,000
The National Museum of Natural History boasts over 100 million specimens of ecological developments and human culture. The museum has free admission and is open 364 days a year.

3. Louvre (Paris, France)
Attendance: 7,400,000
Located on the Seine River, the Louvre is the world’s largest art museum. It is home to famous works such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

2. National Air And Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)
Attendance: 7,500,000
The National Air And Space Museum is home to the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world.

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1. National Museum Of China (Beijing, China)
Attendance: 7,550,000
The most visited museum in the world is the National Museum of China. Located on the Tiananmen Square, the museum’s mission is to educate visitors about the arts and history of China. The report says the reason this museum was the most attended was due to three factors: “sheer population size, free admission, and being in a major tourist destination city.”