Do you want to see a prehistoric skeleton of a 40 feet T-rex? Or how about magnificent paintings by the likes of Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and Leonardo da Vinci. All of these artifacts and art collections help to tell the story of life on this planet, and indeed is an exciting story full of drama, wonder, beauty, and mystery. No wonder so many people visit museums! Here are 25 Most Visited Museums In The World.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2.5 million visitors annually)
Located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum is a museum dedicated to arts and history of Netherlands. The total collection of the museum includes one million items spanning the period from 1200 until now but only about 8 thousand of them can be accessed by the public at any given time.
National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea (2.7 million visitors annually)
Established by the US Government in 1945, the National Folk Museum of Korea boasts an impressive collection of objects illustrating the history and traditions of Korean people. Situated in Seoul, the museum is divided into 3 main exhibition halls.
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2.9 million visitors annually)
Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over 3 million items including works by author such as Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Velázquez, Michelangelo and Goya.
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA (3.1 million visitors annually)
Considered the most influential museum of modern art in the world, the Museum of Modern Art is located in Manhattan, New York City. With extensive collections of paintings, books, sculptures, photography, architectonical pieces etc, the museum receives over 3 million visitors every year.
Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (3.2 million visitors annually)
Officially known as The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Reina Sofia Museum is the largest and most visited museum of Spain. Found in Madrid, it is mainly dedicated to Spanish art. The museum boasts particularly excellent collection of works by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
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Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (3.2 million visitors annually)
Named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Spanning over 5,000 years of art history, the museum houses a permanent collection of 4.5 million objects.
Science Museum, London, UK (3.4 million visitors annually)
Founded in 1857, the Science Museum is another renowned museum located in London. Holding a collection of over 300,000 items, the Science Museum is the fifth most visited museum in the United Kingdom with more than 3.4 million visitors annually.
Musée d´Orsay, Paris, France (3.5 million visitors annually)
Originally built as a railway station, the museum houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh. With more than 3.5 million visitors annually, it is the third most visited museum in France.
National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea (3.5 million visitors annually)
Established in 1945, the National Museum of Korea is the most important museum in Korea and a major tourist attraction of Seoul as well as the whole country. Dedicated to Korean history and art, it houses a collection of more than 310,000 unique items.
Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France (3.7 million visitors annually)
A part of the Centre Pompidou complex, the Musée National d´Art Moderne is a museum of modern French art. With more than 100,000 works by 6,400 artists, the museum has the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world, after the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA (3.9 million visitors annually)
Located in Washington D.C., the National Gallery of Art houses a large collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, medals, and decorative arts. Open to the public and free of charge, it holds the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas.
National Museum of American History, Washington D.C., USA (4 million visitors annually)
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History collects, preserves and displays numerous types of the heritage of the United States. With 4 million visitors annually, it is the fourth most visited museum in the country.
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai, China (4.2 million visitors annually)
Situated in Shanghai, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is a large museum offering its visitors 13 main permanent exhibitions and 4 science theatres. Occupying a floor area of almost 100,000 square meters (1 million sq ft), it is the second largest museum in China.
American Museum of Natural History, New York City, USA (5 million visitors annually)
Found in the Upper West Side in Manhattan, NYC, the American Museum of Natural History holds enormous collections containing over 32 million specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, rocks etc. Consisting of 27 interconnected buildings, it is one of the largest museums in the world.
Natural History Museum, London, UK (5.4 million visitors annually)
Containing an incredible 80 million items within botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology, the Natural History Museum in London is the fourth most visited museum in the UK. Established in 1881, the museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons.
National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (5.4 million visitors annually
Originally established as the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City in 1925, the National Palace Museum in Taipei is now the most important national museum in Taiwan. Encompassing over 10,000 years of Chinese history, it has a permanent collection of almost 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks.
Tate Modern, London, UK (5.8 million visitors annually)
Located in the London Borough of Southwark, the Tate Modern is a British national gallery of international modern art. Occupying seven floors, the gallery´s exhibitions attract almost 5.8 million visitors annually, making it the third most visited museum in the UK and ninth most visited in the world.
Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Vatican (5.9 million visitors annually)
Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, the Vatican Museums display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA (6.1 million visitors annually)
Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a permanent collection containing more than 2 million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. With a floor area of about 2 million sq ft (190,000 sq m), it is the largest art museum in the US and one of the largest in the world.
National Gallery, London, UK (6.4 million visitors annually)
Located at the Trafalgar Square in Central London, the National Gallery is an art museum housing a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. The gallery boasts art pieces by some of the world´s most famous authors including Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh.
National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C., USA (6.7 million visitors annually)
Another part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Established in 1946, the museum attracted 6.7 million visitors in 2014, making it the fifth most visited museum in the world.
British Museum, London, UK (6.7 million visitors annually)
Founded in 1753, the British Museum is dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The most visited museum in the UK, it illustrates and documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., USA (7.3 million visitors annually)
Holding a brilliant collection of 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, rocks, meteorites, human artifacts and others, the National Museum of Natural History is the most visited museum in the US. Home to 185 professional natural history scientists, it is open 364 days a year and free of charge.
National Museum of China, Beijing, China (7.5 million visitors annually)
Dedicated to arts and history of China, the National Museum of China is just 12-year old but it has already managed to build a collection of over 1 million items. With 28 new exhibition halls, the museum saw 7.5 million visits in 2013, making it the second most visited museum in the world.
Louvre, Paris, France (9.3 million visitors annually)
Originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century, the Louvre Museum with its iconic shape, is the most famous and visited museum in the world and one of the prime landmarks of Paris. Containing more than 380,000 objects and 35,000 art works, Louvre offers its visitors a unique insight into human development from prehistory to present.