Artistic masterpieces and scientific artifacts clearly draw the attention of travellers at least as much as attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Burj Al Arab. The best art museums benefit from broad name recognition and a desirable artwork collection. These art museums also have the good fortune of being located in areas that draw the most international tourists. Yearly, millions of inquisitive and fun loving individuals and families troop out to see these wonderful art museums all over the world. This is the 2017 list of the ten most visited art museums in the world.
MUSÉE DU LOUVRE, PARIS: The Louvre was a Sitting on top of this list for over five years is the Muse du Louvre medieval fortress and the palace of the kings of France before becoming a museum two centuries ago. The world’s most-visited museum doesn’t show signs of budging; its numbers have held strong at over 7 million for several years now. The Louvre contains over 35,000 masterpieces including its main attraction the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. In 1989 a 69-foot-high glass pyramid added to the museum’s entrance by renowned architect I. M. Pei.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK CITY: Recording over seven million annual visitors, the metropolitan museum of art sits on the second spot on this list. The Met draws more visitors in yearly thanks to the special art exhibition and art installation on the roof. You can expect even higher visitation numbers in 2011 due to the Alexander McQueen show, which drew 661,509 visitors, some of whom waited in line for hours to get in. The McQueen show is now the eighth most popular in Met history.
BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON: With over 6.4 million annual visitors, the British Museum London sits in the third position on this list. There are 2.5 miles of galleries and 7 million artifacts that will take you plenty of time to navigate past thousands of visitors. Its main attractions are the Rosetta Stone and the controversial Elgin marble.
NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON: With a wealth of Western European paintings from the 13th to 19th centuries, free entry, and a prime location on Trafalgar Square the national museum sits in the fifth spot. Little wonder why roughly 6.3m people come to see arts like the Constables and Van Goghs, the Amsterdam’s red-light district, The Hoerengracht; the National Gallery’s first modern installation.
VATICAN MUSEUMS, ROME: With over 6 million annual visitors, the Vatican museums sit in the fifth spot of this ranking. The Vatican Museums started as a collection of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century. The popes continued to build this collection over the next five centuries to transform it into a stronghold of art history and culture. The Vatican museums contain the works of Raphael, Caravaggio, and most famously Michelangelo.
TATE MODERN, LONDON: Since its inception in the year 2000, the Tate Modern has risen to the top rank as the world’s most popular modern art museum. The Tate modern records an annual visitor of over 5.8 million which puts it on the sixth spot on this list. It is located in a repurposed power station across the Thames from St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Tate Modern consists of works by Dalí, Magritte, and Matisse as well as large sculptural installations in the dramatic turbine hall.
NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM, TAIPEI: The national palace museum recorded over 4.6 million annual visitors. It is located in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan. It consists of 700,000 pieces of works of art, history, and culture of the Chinese dating almost 8,000 years. The Museum was constructed in China in the 1920s and relocated to Taiwan in 1948. The Sino-Japanese and Chinese Civil Wars contributed greatly to the present day look of the museum.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C.: The national gallery of art sits in the eight spot with a record of over 4.26 million. It contains ever increasing collection paintings by the Old Masters and modern artworks.
STATE HERMITAGE, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA: The state hermitage museum sits in the 9th spot with a record of over 4.12 million annual visitors. The hermitage museum contains over three million items from the Stone Age to the early 20th century. Its collection ranges from art from the Middle Ages to those of notable artist like Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, Titian, Da Vinci, Picasso, Gauguin, Cézanne, van Gogh, and Goya.
REINA SOFÍA, MADRID: To conclude the top 10 most visited museums in 2017, the Reina Sofía museum located in Madrid, Spain recorded over 3.65 million annual visitors.